NFL Free Agency 2014: Five Teams that Could Use Oakland Raiders Running Back Darren McFadden Next Season

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COMMENTARY | Goodbye Darren McFadden. We hardly knew ye.

After another season decimated by injuries and horrible performances, the former Heisman Trophy finalist has likely seen his last days in Oakland.

The Raiders are tired of waiting for McFadden to return to his 2010 form where he rushed for over 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns.

They're tired of him spending more time on the sideline than on the field, and they're tired of hoping that one day he'll live up to the hype he garnered when they drafted him No. 4 overall in 2008.

The Raiders would be wise to move on from McFadden, and since he's now an unrestricted free agent, I'm sure they will.

After failing to raise his stock in a contract year, McFadden's asking price is sure to go down in free agency. Let's take a look at five teams who could give him a chance next year:

Cleveland Browns

Can you name the Cleveland Browns' starting running back? I know Willis McGahee is in there somewhere, but if you're sold on just Willis McGahee, you could definitely use some help.

Cleveland may not be the optimal place for a free agent to want to sign, but McFadden isn't likely to get a starting job anywhere else.

Teams are reluctant to take a gamble on a guy who's missed nearly two seasons of football in just six years.

This is most likely McFadden's best shot at a starting gig.

Cincinnati Bengals

Even with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovanni Bernard on the roster, this move makes sense.

McFadden's two best seasons were in 2010 and 2011 while Hue Jackson was the offensive coordinator, then later head coach of the Raiders.

Now as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, Jackson would love to have McFadden back.

Miami Dolphins

Even with some dynamic playmakers on the offensive side of the football, the Dolphins are really hurting for a running back.

Lamar Miller didn't show us anything when given the starting role last season. In Week 1, he finished with an embarrassing three yards on 10 carries.

He was also non-existent in Miami's passing game.

The Dolphins ranked 27th in rushing in 2013, so they obviously need to make a change.

New York Giants

The Giants had nothing short of a horrendous season in 2013. Eli Manning seemed gave the ball to the other team more than his own, and New York's leading rusher finished the year with only 492 yards.

With Brandon Jacobs retiring and Peyton Hillis a free agent, the Giants' 29th-ranked rushing attack is in desperate need of some assistance.

David Wilson is still their running back of the future, but the guy is a fumbling machine. It's only fitting that him and Eli played on the same team.

Throughout his career, McFadden has also been solid at holding on to the football. He's averaged a fumble every 67.9 carries, compared to Andre Brown's 46.3 carries and Wilson's 22 carries in 2013.

As we all saw last season, turnovers doomed the Giants. They need somebody who can hold on to the football.

Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans aren't on the same page right now, and his contract at the moment is extremely over-priced for the production he's given them.

Whether or not the Titans will part ways with him is still unknown, but the organization is in the middle of some serious changes.

The Titans would save $4 million by cutting Johnson, and looking at McFadden's stats over the last two years, they'd be able to get him at a good price.

Steven Slivka writes about the Oakland Raiders for the Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

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