The Raiders took McFadden 4th overall in the 2008 draft. 27 games later, the Raiders are still looking for ways to utilize him. The Raiders paid him $26 million guaranteed to be a cornerstone of their offense. On Thursday, McFadden spent most of his time lined up wide as a receiver against the Dallas Cowboys. He caught four passes for 43 yards and rushed six times for 23 yards.
McFadden has been injury prone throughout his 2 year career and still collapses easy when hit. McFadden has had to deal with four injuries during his brief NFL career — turf-toe on each foot and a shoulder problem in 2008, causing him to miss three games, and torn knee cartilage this season. The shoulder and knee injuries required surgery.
Tom Cable says about McFadden:
"My feeling is Darren brings a lot to the table, I feel like we've got to keep moving forward, trying to figure out what is going to help him be at his best."
Perhaps what he brings to the table is a trade agreement. With Bush, if we can ever get him in the line up, and Fargas running like they have been, it seems McFadden may not be a crucial need for us right now.