Two days ago, Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain posted on his personal Facebook page that he was “officially” no longer with the team.
Although that wasn’t the case, the third-year linebacker did get a vacation of sorts when the Raiders slapped him with a two-game suspension, citing conduct detrimental to the team.
This chain of events stemmed from a heated argument between McClain and Raiders head coach Dennis Allen during Wednesday’s practice. McClain was kicked out of practice and asked by the team to stay home on Thursday, a request that he honored.
It has been a rough, up-and-down season for McClain, who continues to struggle with inconsistency. So far this season, he has compiled 60 total tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games as the middle linebacker for one of the league’s worst defenses. After this latest incident and ensuing suspension, McClain may have played his last down in silver and black. Many expect that that’s exactly what the former No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft wants, though.
It’s no secret that McClain is unhappy with the situation in Oakland, stating that he’s “mentally done” and that he’d “like to be anywhere but here.” The Raiders, however, aren’t willing to give in to his incessant nagging, handing down the suspension and extending his stay with the team rather than just severing ties and allowing the feckless linebacker to pursue other options via free agency.
With his mental check-out already handed in, it’s unlikely that McClain will see the field again for the Raiders in 2012. More than likely, they’ll attempt to shop the struggling linebacker in hopes of unloading his hefty salary. Takers, however, will be few and far between considering the mess that he’s made in Oakland.
McClain has proven to be one of the league’s worst starting linebackers since entering the league in 2010. It’s time for the Raiders to cut their losses and move on from this bust.