He may be fighting an uphill battle against injuries and age, but Arkansas fans know better than to count out Darren McFadden.
And we can now count Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys among those who still believe in the former Razorbacks star.
According to Dallas Cowboys beat writer Nick Eatman, the Cowboys and McFadden have agreed to a one-year deal to bring him back to Dallas in 2017.
The Cowboys have re-signed RB Darren McFadden to a 1-year deal.
— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) March 16, 2017
McFadden missed most of the 2016 season after injuring his elbow in an off-the-field accident at his home. Despite of his injury, the Cowboys decided to pay McFadden his full salary.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that McFadden had interest from other NFL teams, but loyalty won out after the Cowboys stuck by him last season.
Had interest from elsewhere. But Dallas paying him while on NFI last year earned some loyalty https://t.co/kAT1qhubz3
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2017
Now 29 years old, the three-time All-SEC and two-time All-America running back is playing against time in his attempt to revive his pro career.
McFadden has 7,537 yards rushing in an NFL career. He began with the Oakland Raiders, who selected the Arkansas native with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2008 draft. McFadden spent the past two seasons in Dallas.
In 2015, McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards for the Cowboys. Injuries limited McFadden to 87 yards in three games last season. He is expected to back up Ezekiel Elliott, who took hold of the starting job as a rookie in 2016.
Financial terms of the one-year deal were not immediately revealed.