The Dallas Cowboys lost DeMarco Murray yesterday to the Philadelphia Eagles, in a move that could have severe consequences to their offense in 2015.
But the Cowboys have acted incredibly quickly and have managed to already bring in a replacement for the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year.
Less than 24 hours after Murray's exit to the Eagles was made official, the Cowboys have signed former Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden on a two-year deal in order to plug that Murray sized hole in the offense, according to a report from NFL.com.
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In seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders, McFadden ran for 4,247 yards on 1,038 carries and 25 touchdowns. He also caught 211 passes for 1,769 yards and five touchdowns, but the 27-year old has struggled with injuries throughout his career.
2014 was the first time in McFadden's career that he played in all 16 games, but he became a backup for most of the season, firstly behind Maurice Jones-Drew and then Latavius Murray, who burst on to the scene with 140 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries against an excellent Kansas City Chiefs defense.
McFadden finished 2014 with 534 yards on 155 carries for Oakland, who selected the former Arkansas Razorbacks standout with the 4th overall pick in the 2008 Draft, ahead of the likes of Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Chris Johnson and Ray Rice who have all gone on to make multiple Pro Bowls while McFadden failed to make one.
McFadden's best season in his career to date was in 2010 when he managed 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns at an exceptional 5.2 yards per carry.
It will be a big ask if the Cowboys are looking at McFadden to take over the burden of the offense like DeMarco Murray did. One has to assume that Joseph Randle will be going into the season as the number one choice at running back with D-Mac surely in there as experience and a change of pace guy.
McFadden's deal with Dallas has been reported at two years and is worth $5.75million, with a $200,000 signing bonus.