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Darren McFadden signed by Cowboys to replace DeMarco Murray

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According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Cowboys have a new running back: former first round pick Darren McFadden. The Cowboys were in need of a new running back after Dallas lost 2014 NFL leading rush DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

McFadden, who will turn 28 in August, hasn't quite lived up to the hype of his status as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He's only played in all 16 games just once in his seven-year career with the Oakland Raiders. On 1,038 career attempts, he's rushed for 4,247 yards (4.1 yards) and 25 touchdowns. His running averages in the past three years, however, haven't looked so great: 3.3 in 2012, 3.3 in 2013, and 3.4 in 2014. For what it's worth, McFadden also ranked very poorly by Pro Football Focus during those years. He was graded 59th out of 59 running backs in 2012, 54th out of 55 in 2013, and 53rd out of 57 in 2014.

Perhaps McFadden will rebound behind the Cowboys' impressive offensive line. Dallas also still has Joseph Randle, who ran for a whopping 6.7 average on 51 attempts in 2014, under team control. But until those players can prove they can replace Murray's production, the Eagles will be happy to steal away the Cowboys' star rusher and let that risk fall on Dallas.

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