Darren McFadden
Will running back Darren McFadden return to the Cowboys in 2017? He is scheduled to hit free agency this offseason. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

Darren McFadden missed most of the 2016 season due to injury. Dallas really didn’t miss him as Ezekiel Elliot was one of the best running backs in the league. Even Alfred Morris proved to be a valuable backup. Heading into free agency, McFadden believes he could still return to Dallas this offseason.

“I kinda get the feel that they wouldn’t mind keeping me,” McFadden said, via The Dallas Morning News. “I was raised in Arkansas. I live here now. Set up my home here in Texas. I’m a Cowboys fan regardless of whether they decide to bring me back or not.”

He is right, Owner Jerry Jones is an Arkansas alum and loves players from the SEC. He even over drafted running back Felix Jones, McFadden’s backup at Arkansas, in the first round in 2008. McFadden, 29, still has some tread on the tires. He is only one year removed from rushing for 1,089 yards in 2015.

“For me, I still feel fresh,” he said. “Like you said I didn’t get a lot of wear and tear on my body from the season. I only played in the last three regular season games and the playoff game. I feel like I have a lot that I can offer any team as far as being out there and a guy that can carry the load. I don’t feel like I’ve lost a step at all. I feel like that any team that wants to take a shot at me I don’t think it’d be a bad deal for ’em.”