The Raiders on Saturday finalized a one-year contract with running back Darren McFadden that keeps the 2008 first-round draft pick in a silver-and-black uniform for a seventh season.
McFadden, 26, averaged only 3.3 yards per carry last season, marking the second straight season he finished with that figure and 2 yards or so shy of the 5.4 and 5.2 he posted in 2010 and 11, respectively.
He missed six games last season, which resulted in the Raiders turning to Rashad Jennings as their primary back the latter part of the season.
"I am really excited to be back in Silver and Black," McFadden said. "There is no place I'd rather be. I want to prove to the team that drafted me that I am a top running back in this league, and I really want to help this team win."
Given how Jennings outperformed McFadden at every turn, it seemed likely that the Raiders would re-sign Jennings and let McFadden depart via free agency.
Instead, the Raiders re-signed McFadden and let Jennings sign with the New York Giants without making much of a push to bring him back.
Overall, McFadden has missed 29 games during his six-year Raiders career, and he failed to develop into the elite player the Raiders envisioned when they selected McFadden with the fourth pick of the NFL draft out of Arkansas.
Only once has McFadden rushed for more than 707 yards in a season. That came in 2010, when he amassed 1,157 yards and caught a career-high 47 passes in only 13 games.
He has yet to play in more than 13 games in any NFL season, yet the Raiders are confident that he has the potential to regain the form he showed in 2010-11.
McFadden is regarded as the lead back for now, with second-year player Latavius Murray and third-year players Kory Sheets and Jeremy Stewart in the mix for backup spots