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Former Raiders, Cowboys RB Darren McFadden announces retirement after 10 seasons

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Free agent running back Darren McFadden, who was waived by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, announced his retirement on Tuesday, after 10 NFL seasons.

The Cowboys waived McFadden on Sunday after he and the team “mutually agreed” it was time to cut ties with each other. McFadden’s agent, Ian Greengross, said at the time, his client “is healthy, feels great and appreciated his time in Dallas, but is now ready for a new start.”

McFadden, a first-round pick (fourth overall) out of Arkansas by the Oakland Raiders in 2008, played the first seven seasons of his career in the Bay area before joining the Cowboys in 2015.

In Dallas, McFadden replaced DeMarco Murray, rushing for 1,089 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high 239 carries. But after the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott in 2016, McFadden took a back seat to the rookie and veteran runner Alfred Morris.

McFadden was predominantly inactive this season, despite the fact that Elliott has been serving his league-imposed six-game suspension and the Cowboys spent the offseason preparing McFadden to be their starting back.

McFadden was inactive for the first eight games of the season and played just one snap during the Cowboys Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, losing 2 yards on his lone carry. He was then inactive for losses against the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers with the Cowboys opting to go with just two backs in Morris and Rod Smith.

Last week McFadden said he was “surprised as hell,” he was inactive against the Eagles. He said the situation had been frustrating and he would use the offseason to decide whether he wants to continue to play.

McFadden finishes his career with 5,421 rushing yards, 7,535 yards from scrimmage, a 4.2 yards per carry average and 33 touchdowns.

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