After being drafted with the fourth overall pick of the 2008 Draft, Darren McFadden spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders. Coming to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency this offseason, the 27-year-old says he feels like a rookie again.
“It's great to be in Dallas,” McFadden told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “I'm looking forward to getting on the field with those guys and doing great things this year. ... Definitely exciting. I tell everybody I feel like a rookie all over again. I just want to go out there, stay healthy and run the ball the way I know I can run the ball.”
The Cowboys are certainly hoping that he can be a difference maker behind their vaunted offensive line, seven inconsistent, injury-hampered years in Oakland notwithstanding. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has remarked that McFadden still possesses the skill set that led to his being the fourth overall pick all those years ago.
“Being a former Razorback, we're always going to have that bond,” McFadden said of Jones. “But he stays in his office and takes care of his business, and I stay in the locker room and take care of mine.”