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Old 04-28-2008   #1
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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP)—The Oakland Raiders released running back Dominic Rhodes on Monday, two days after using their top draft pick to take big-play back Darren McFadden.

Oakland had a glut at running back after the draft and began addressing it almost immediately by announcing the team cut ties with Rhodes. The Raiders still have two backs with 1,000-yard seasons on their roster in Justin Fargas and LaMont Jordan, as well as last year’s fourth-round pick Michael Bush.

Rhodes signed a two-year contract with the Raiders last offseason after helping Indianapolis win the Super Bowl. He restructured his contract earlier this offseason and was expected to share the rushing load with Fargas before McFadden was drafted.

Rhodes was suspended for the first four games last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He played sparingly until Fargas went down with a knee injury late in the year. Rhodes ran for 237 yards the last two games of the season. He finished with 302 yards rushing in 10 games last season.

His best year came as a rookie with the Colts, when he ran for 1,104 yards in 2001. Rhodes shared the rushing load with rookie Joseph Addai in 2006, and ran for 113 yards and a touchdown that helped the Colts beat the Bears 29-17 in the Super Bowl.

Fargas and McFadden are expected to be the main backs in Oakland next season, with Jordan likely to be the next running back cut loose.

Fargas ran for 1,009 yards in 2007 despite starting only seven games. He signed a $12 million, three-year contract that guarantees him $6 million.

McFadden, the fourth pick in the draft Saturday, was the top-rated running back after rushing for 4,590 yards and 41 touchdowns in three seasons at Arkansas.
Poor guy, and only a year after being the Superbowl MVP too.
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Old 04-28-2008   #2
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I'm not surprised.
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Didn't Rhodes have a DUI or something? Some brush with the law IIRC.
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Didn't Rhodes have a DUI or something? Some brush with the law IIRC.
That should've improved his value in Oakland........
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That should've improved his value in Oakland........
Guess he's Cincy-bound.
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Guess he's Cincy-bound.
Nice.... We should've figured he could find a home.
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Default Re: Raiders Cut Rhodes

DUI is correct ... prior to being a Faider though.

http://www.theindychannel.com/sports...19/detail.html
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Oaklands looking nice with McFadden, Bush, and Fargas. Unfortunately, they still don't have an OL to run behind or receivers for Russell to throw to.
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Guess he's Cincy-bound.
Sure he isn't going to Dallas?
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Sure he isn't going to Dallas?
Or Tenn. Those two cities are RB heaven.
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Default Re: Raiders Cut Rhodes

I believe he also missed some games due to a violation of the substance abuse policy as well.

http://www.sacbee.com/100/story/256101.html
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I believe he also missed some games due to a violation of the substance abuse policy as well.

http://www.sacbee.com/100/story/256101.html
A DUI is a violation of the substance abuse policy.
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We will never sign him because he hasn't been injured.
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We will never sign him because he hasn't been injured.
You read my mind!! Maybe there's a reason the Texans have hooked up with Methodist.
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Default Re: Raiders Cut Rhodes

It's less than surprising. He was an average to below-average player who had off the field problems. A very common tale.
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