Justin Fargas Parlays Breakout Season Into New Deal with Oakland Raiders

RealFootball365.comSenior Writer IFebruary 14, 2008

The Oakland Raiders have re-signed running back Justin Fargas to a deal reportedly worth $12 million over three years, including $6 million in guaranteed money.

Commentary: Fargas came out of nowhere last season to turn into the Raiders' top runner, ahead of free-agent signees Lamont Jordan and Dominic Rhodes.

Fargas, who had run for just 1,016 yards in his first four years, tallied 1,009 yards last season. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and averaged nearly 100 yards per game after taking over as the starter in Week Nine. Fargas would have become a free agent on Feb. 29.

Fantasy Football Impact: This signals that the Raiders intend to retain Fargas as their starter—and it spells trouble for Jordan, who signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal in 2005.