Oakland Raiders expected to release LB Rolando McClain
Once considering the next elite NFL middle linebacker, Rolando McClain landed himself an early-first-round pick and a lucrative contract deal with the Oakland Raiders in 2010. Despite showing promise early on, it wasn’t long before off-field issues stamped a big “bust” across McClain’s forehead.
So when are the Raiders finally going to get rid of McClain? Apparently, it won’t be long before the nightmare ends.
According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders are set to release McClain after free agency begins of March 12.
By waiting until the start of free agency, the Raiders can cut him while spreading out the $7.26 million of sunken money over the next two seasons. The move will spread out the cap hit and create a little leeway for Oakland, a team already in a cap crunch heading into the 2013 season.
The Raiders suspended McClain for two games in 2012 after conduct detrimental to the team. Even after he returned from suspension, the coaching staff opted to keep him off of the field for the remaining three games, demoting him to the scout team. According to GM Reggie McKenzie, the only reason that McClain wasn’t released at that point was due to the salary cap issues that would ensue.
Although the writing was already on the wall, McClain cemented his fate after he was arrested in January for signing “(Expletive) y’all” on a citation for having too dark a tint on his windows. Instead of taking the ticket, McClain allowed his mental shortcomings to make the worst of a simple situation.
At this point, McClain is a lost cause. His off-field issues have far outweighed his on-field talent. Another prime example of a promising draft pick gone awry for the Raiders.