Cowboys grant Darren McFadden his unconditional release
Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden hasn’t been factor in the organization’s plans in 2017, despite bringing him back in the offseason to fill in for Ezekiel Elliott once his six-game suspension kicked in.
On Sunday, the Cowboys finally made what seemed like an inevitable decision, granting McFadden his unconditional release, according to a report from Todd Archer of ESPN.com.
After finishing fourth in the NFL in rushing in 2015 with 1,089 yards for the Cowboys, McFadden took a backseat in 2016 after Dallas selected Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick at the 2016 NFL Draft. Slated to be the primary backup, McFadden battled injuries — a common theme throughout his career — and carried the ball just 24 times.
In 2017, McFadden has managed to stay healthy and made the Cowboys 53-man roster. However, he’s made the 46-man dress roster just once during the entire season and has carried the ball just once for minus-2 yards.
With Alfred Morris and Rod Smith getting all the carries now that Elliott is serving his suspension for domestic violence, the Cowboys have freed up a valuable roster spot as they attempt to salvage something from a disappointing season.
As a vested veteran, McFadden isn’t subject to the waivers process, so he immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent. However, it’ll be interesting to see if the 30-year-old back attracts much interest on the open market given that he hasn’t put anything useful on film since 2015.