As news broke that the Oakland Raiders had placed middle linebacker Rolando McClain on waivers, my exact thought was, “wow.”
McClain was drafted eighth overall by the Raiders in 2010 after shining at Alabama and helping lead the team to a national championship. Discouragingly, he never quite lived up to the hype in Oakland.
The 6’4” 260 pound Tuscaloosa product recorded 85 tackles, one-half sack, one interception and six pass deflections his rookie year and 99 tackles, five sacks and 14 pass deflections his second year. Before his release he had 60 tackles, one sack, and one fumble forced through 11 games.
It is worth noting that McClain got into some legal troubles this off-season after he was arrested and sentenced to 180 days in jail from an assault in which he allegedly threatened to kill a man and fired a gun next to the man’s head. However, those charges were dropped.
McClain is still a talented linebacker and, at only 23-years-old, a team will almost unquestionably take a chance on him. Maybe he just needs another opportunity to get his life and priorities straight.
The Dallas Cowboys need help at inside linebacker after losing both their starters to season ending injuries. It’s almost a match made in heaven, especially if you acknowledge Jerry Jones’ ability to overlook a player’s personal problems if he performs on Sundays.
I know Rob Ryan would welcome the addition of McClain; after all you can’t have enough playmaking linebackers in his defensive scheme, literally.