Raiders release RB Justin Fargas
The Oakland Raiders released running back Justin Fargas on
Saturday, cutting ties with one of their key offensive players over
the last few seasons.
“Justin Fargas was a beloved Raider who performed at a high
level throughout his seven seasons with the team and his
contributions to the Silver and Black will always be remembered,”
the team said in a statement announcing the move. “We wish Justin
all the best.”
The team said Fargas failed a physical. Fargas was owed a $1.7
million bonus if he was still on the roster on Monday and the
Raiders were looking to give more of the running load to Darren
McFadden and Michael Bush.
Fargas was a favorite of coach Tom Cable, who often praised
Fargas’ strong work ethic and team-first attitude. Fargas never
shied away from contact and often bounced up after big hits. He
joined the team in 2003 and has been part of the worst run in
franchise history as Oakland has lost at least 11 games in all
seven of his seasons.
The decision to cut ties with Fargas clears the way for McFadden
and Bush to get more consistent playing time next season. The
Raiders shared the carries with three backs the past two seasons,
making it difficult for any one running back to find a rhythm.
McFadden has failed to develop into the game-breaking star the
Raiders expected when they drafted him fourth overall in 2008.
McFadden has been slowed by injuries to his toes, knee and shoulder
in his first two years, running for only 856 yards and five
Bush led the team in rushing last season with 589 yards and
Fargas was second on the team in rushing with 491 yards and
three touchdowns, averaging only 3.8 yards per carry. He had led
the team in rushing the previous three seasons, with his best year
coming in 2007 when he gained 1,009 yards on the ground and scored
Fargas has run for 3,369 yards in seven seasons. He has averaged
4.1 yards per carry and scored 10 touchdowns.