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Darren McFadden to meet with Raiders Saturday, but should they bother?

Thearon W. Henderson

NFL.com's Gil Brandt has been informed by Darren McFadden's agent that McFadden is meeting with the Raiders on Saturday:

McFadden, who will be a Free-Agent this off-season is of much controversy to Raiders fans. Some think he should be resigned, others disagree. This is why the Raiders should not resign Darren McFadden.

Darren McFadden is thought by some to be one of the most talented Running Backs in the NFL. Future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey thinks McFadden is one of the hardest Running Backs to play against:

"He's a great pass blocker, he's a great receiver and he's a great runner," said Bailey. "He can do anything you ask him to do. The dude is the real deal" (USA Today Sports). But, even the best players make no impact to their team if they are not on the field.

In his six-year career, the former fourth overall pick has never played more than 12 full games in a season. Throughout his career, McFadden has missed 30% of the Raider's games. Yet, the Raiders are paying McFadden an average of 7 million a year for a total of 42 million over his 6 year career. With that contract (assuming McFadden plays in every game), the Raiders are paying him $437,000 per game. But, in a total of 96 potential games, McFadden has only played in 67 games.

This means that the Raiders are paying McFadden approximately 2 million per year to sit on the bench. Therefore, for each game McFadden plays, he is making $636,363 per game. At this price (assuming McFadden played in every game), McFadden would have made roughly 61 million in his 6 year career (approximately 10 million per season).

McFadden's production the last two years has been one of the worst in the NFL. He is only averaging 3.3 Yards a Carry. Meanwhile, Rashad Jennings last year averaged 4.5 Yards a Carry and the Raiders only paid Jennings $630,000 last year. While Jennings will be worth more this year, it will be nowhere close to 7 million.

The Raiders can find more production for less money. Rashad Jennings can be paid cheap and runs much harder than McFadden. Latavius Murray is only making $566,000 per year and has potential. Even Marcel Reece is a better Running Back than McFadden and he is a Fullback. If the Raiders feel the need, they can always draft a Running Back in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Spotrac.com predicts Greg Hardy's new contract to average around 12 million per year. Are Darren McFadden and Greg Hardy worth the same money? As Lewis Carroll once said, "When pigs fly".

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