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04-05-2013, 06:45 PM
Raiders waive LB Rolando McClain
By JOSH DUBOW (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press 1 hour 40 minutes ago

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders waived linebacker Rolando McClain on Friday, less than three years after drafting him eighth overall to be the centerpiece of their defense.

McClain was mostly a disappointment in Oakland. He struggled during his first two years and then clashed with coach Dennis Allen and his staff last season.

McClain had his role significantly reduced last season, was suspended for two games for conduct detrimental to the team, and did not play the final five games of the season.

''I'd like to thank the Raiders for giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL,'' McClain said in a statement. ''I'm disappointed that it hasn't worked out better, but I'm very excited and thankful for the Raiders allowing me to get a fresh start. I will miss my teammates and wish them and the Raiders organization good luck going forward.''
In 41 career games with Oakland, McClain has 6 1/2 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, no fumble recoveries and did little to help improve Oakland's struggling run defense.

The Raiders have already found McClain's replacement, having signed former Chicago linebacker Nick Roach in free agency last month.

McClain still had two years left on the $40 million, five-year rookie contract he signed in 2010. That deal included $23 million in guarantees.

McClain is the third player drafted in the top 10 by late owner Al Davis to be let go so far this offseason by second-year general manager Reggie McKenzie. Defensive back Michael Huff (seventh pick in 2006) and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (seventh pick in '09) were cut last month.
Oakland has only two of its own first-round picks on the roster in running back Darren McFadden and kicker Sebastian Janikowski as McKenzie overhauls the roster. There are only 15 players left who were part of the organization at the end of the 2011 season.

Should we go after him? Instant upgrade over Worilds.

04-05-2013, 07:20 PM
wasn't he an inside guy at 'Bama? Groom him behind Foote. Spence isn't coming back and Sly never panned out. Give him a shot

04-05-2013, 08:33 PM
Right on, wouldn't hurt.

04-05-2013, 08:34 PM
Absolutely zero chance

Terrible Towlie
04-05-2013, 09:39 PM
Not sure what kind of money we would have to spend at this point on him, but would like it if it wasn't a big contract.

It wouldn't hurt and maybe after a change of scenery (especially from Oakland), he'll live up to what he was supposed to be coming out of college.

04-06-2013, 08:26 AM
Not sure what kind of money we would have to spend at this point on him, but would like it if it wasn't a big contract.

It wouldn't hurt and maybe after a change of scenery (especially from Oakland), he'll live up to what he was supposed to be coming out of college.

He was cut from Oakland for being detrimental. He's not been there long enough to need a change of scenery. Dude is just a team anchor. We are Cincinnati or Arizona or Cleveland. We don't need to pick up other people's trash. Let someone else experiment with him.
And I think we all know he won't be wearing Black and Gold.

04-06-2013, 08:30 AM
He was cut from Oakland for being detrimental. He's not been there long enough to need a change of scenery. Dude is just a team anchor. We are Cincinnati or Arizona or Cleveland. We don't need to pick up other people's trash. Let someone else experiment with him.
And I think we all know he won't be wearing Black and Gold.

aggie is right. Steelers are trying to purge the malcontents, not replace them.

(seem to recall a bunch of posters to this board that thought McClain would be a great pickup?)

04-06-2013, 08:31 AM
Anytime I think of the Steelers doing something like this, I realize that this is not really their thing, they don't make these types of moves. However, is there a chance that McClain could be the next James Farrior and hold down an important spot in our "D" for the next ten years? I don't think Farrior had the "conduct unbecoming" issue but it is the Raiders, that could have been a non-issue.

04-06-2013, 10:54 AM
Can't see the Steelers doing this. Pretty sure 2013 is going to be all about 'character'.

04-06-2013, 11:06 AM
Pass. Don't need another guy with character issues. Plus, it appears that the Steelers are focusing more on mobile ILBs as opposed to thumpers.

Terrible Towlie
04-06-2013, 07:25 PM
I now agree. I know coming out of college he was a big time prospect. I really didn't realize he was that big of a headcase. Havn't really paid attention how hes played in the NFL.

We need more team leaders and to hit on every one of our draft picks and start reloading. The last 2 seasons has been a big transformation of our team in terms of players.

04-22-2013, 02:29 AM
Rolando McClain arrested in Alabama

Updated: April 22, 2013
ESPN.com news services

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Sunday in Decatur, Ala., and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

McClain was released after posting $1,000 bond, AL.com reported.

The Ravens signed McClain to a one-year contract April 12.

McClain has had a string of legal troubles in his hometown. He was involved in a shooting in Alabama in November 2011, when he left his former team, the Raiders, briefly during the season to attend a family funeral.

In May 2012, McClain was convicted of four misdemeanors -- reckless endangerment, menacing, third-degree assault and firing a gun in the city limits -- but he appealed the verdict and the charges were dropped when the accuser told prosecutors he no longer wanted to pursue the case.

On Jan. 8, McClain was arrested on charges of violating rules on car window tint and trying to lie to police about his identity.

McClain had a rough final season in Oakland, serving a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He also was demoted from the starting lineup a month into the season because of his struggles in pass coverage and because Raiders coaches thought he tired too much playing every down.

In 41 career games with Oakland, the former first-round pick had 6.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and no fumble recoveries, and he did little to help improve Oakland's struggling run defense.


05-15-2013, 01:48 PM
Rolando McClain Retires From NFL
Posted 8 minutes ago

Ryan Mink
BaltimoreRavens.com Staff Writer

Amidst off-field trouble, LB Rolando McClain is leaving football at 23 years old.

Rolando McClain’s turbulent NFL career is coming to an end at the age of 23.

The Ravens placed the inside linebacker and former first-round pick on the reserve/retired list Wednesday afternoon, General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced.

“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Newsome stated. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.”

McClain signed a one-year contract with the Ravens on April 12, but was arrested just 10 days later in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. It was the latest in a string of off-field problems for McClain since entering the league in 2009 as the eighth-overall pick.

McClain was arrested in December of 2011 and charged with third-degree assault, among others.

In January, he was arrested after an officer pulled him over for a window tint violation. He reportedly pleaded guilty to that charge on May 6 and charges of providing false information were dropped, according to The Baltimore Sun.

McClain’s is due in court on July 9 for his most recent charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

McClain finishes his NFL career with 274 tackles (195 solo), 6.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and 23 passes defensed in 41 career games with Oakland.

The Ravens now have one less inside linebackers, but did select Arthur Brown in the second round of the NFL draft. That leaves Brown and Jameel McClain as the likely starters, with Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan as the top contenders.


05-15-2013, 04:16 PM
ugh... SEC is really starting to annoy me. They produce some good players but A LOT of them are head cases.

Eddie Spaghetti
05-15-2013, 07:11 PM
just the math of it felt. Because they send so many players is why it seems they have more knuckleheads.

I think I read the SEC West had as many players drafted as any other conference total.

that's strong.

05-15-2013, 10:00 PM

wutta bust...

05-16-2013, 12:40 AM
He retired. I heard jail is drafting him next, Im just kidding. :cool:

05-16-2013, 04:41 AM
He retired. I heard jail is drafting him next, Im just kidding. :cool:

hilarious.. i'll be sure to send him a steeler throw back..

05-16-2013, 11:09 AM
23 passes defended in 41 games. That's pretty impressive for a linebacker. Hell, that's impressive for a Steeler defensive back. :)

05-16-2013, 01:09 PM
23 passes defended in 41 games. That's pretty impressive for a linebacker. Hell, that's impressive for a Steeler defensive back. :)

Three NFL seasons, three arrests. That's pretty impressive for a Raider/Raven. Hell, that's impressive for anyone not directly affiliated with the Cincinnati Bengals organization. :p

05-18-2013, 02:44 AM
Rolando McClain's wise move

To get his life in order, the troubled linebacker is smart to retire at age 23

Originally Published: May 17, 2013
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com


Troubled LB Rolando McClain Retires

Of all the words that will be used to describe the recent retirement of Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Rolando McClain -- alarming, mystifying and disappointing will likely come to mind -- one that won't be used enough is "smart." One glance at McClain's arrest record is sufficient proof that his life is in chaos. Another peek at his three years with the Oakland Raiders is further evidence that his game is in shambles. This is a man who needed many things to go right just to have a chance at success in Baltimore. He deserves credit for realizing when enough really is enough.

The easy choice for McClain would've been to continue pursuing an NFL career that started with him being the eighth overall selection in the 2010 draft. He'd already made at least $23 million while in Oakland and the opportunity to keep receiving a paycheck had to be enticing. Professional athletes do it all the time. They push their demons aside, fully believing it's better to take the money while it's available than worry about what might happen down the road.

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher is the worst-case example of what can happen when personal issues don't get addressed in that environment. In one tragic night, he went from being an unassuming pro football player to a criminal who snapped after an argument, killing his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and later himself. The most troubling news reported in the aftermath of the murder-suicide was that nobody saw Belcher's life slipping into such a dangerous place. There was a fierce search for warning signs in the days that followed, none of which offered adequate explanation for the frightening act.

For whatever reason, McClain chose to pay attention to his own red flags. He somehow saw how much of an embarrassment he'd become and decided to try a radical strategy. In a statement released the same day the news broke, McClain explained that he needed to leave football because it was in his "best interest" to focus on getting his life back together. He also acknowledged that he loved the game and wasn't sure what the future held for him.

Cynics certainly will write off McClain as just another bust, given that he's quitting before he has turned 24. What can't be debated is the difficulty in this decision. Most football players have no idea what they'll do with their lives once they've finished 10 or 15 years in the league. This is a young man who's willing to walk into some dark places at a tender age, simply because he fears what might happen if he doesn't.

Think about it -- McClain has been groomed to play football since he was a kid growing up in Decatur, Ala. He was a high school All-American there, a first-team All-American at the University of Alabama and the 2009 recipient of both the Butkus and Lambert Awards. Football quite likely gave McClain the confidence, stability and power that every young man covets when they're coming of age. To give that up today means losing his identity, which is the one thing that will haunt any person attempting to make such a drastic life change.

Football also allowed McClain to escape a troubled childhood that included a father who wasn't around much and a mother who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In 2005, when McClain was only 16, he received a restraining order against his mom, Tonya Malone, because she allegedly threatened to kill him while holding a knife. McClain subsequently spent the rest of his high school years bouncing from home to home. He learned to survive off whatever resources came his way and whatever skills he could maximize.

It says plenty that McClain grew into a player who helped lead Alabama to the 2009 national championship and also became a two-time dean's list student. It's also equally sad to see how quickly he went downhill after becoming a pro. McClain seemed to be making news off the field from the moment he entered the NFL, most often when he was back in his hometown.

McClain was convicted in municipal court last May of third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and illegal discharge of a firearm in city limits. Though those charges were eventually dropped after the accuser decided to not pursue the case, the public still heard that McClain allegedly threatened to kill a man while firing a gun near the victim's head. McClain also was arrested in January for a window tint violation and providing false information to police (he allegedly wrote "(expletive) y'all" on a citation when asked to sign his name), and again in April (he allegedly yelled an expletive at police while they dispersed a crowd and twice pulled his arms away from officers as they tried to arrest him). The April arrest occurred 10 days after he signed with Baltimore.

The Ravens should be thankful McClain -- who also has two other outstanding charges for reckless driving and failing to provide proof of insurance -- took the burden of deciding his fate out of their hands. He had a reputation for being a knucklehead when he arrived in Baltimore and he wasn't going to win people over with his play. This is the same highly touted linebacker who couldn't be a difference-maker with the Raiders and also earned a suspension last November for conduct detrimental to the team after an argument with Oakland head coach Dennis Allen. By the looks of things, McClain was going to be more trouble than he was worth before he ever dressed for one Ravens game.

The only reason he was in Baltimore was because general manager Ozzie Newsome, a former Crimson Tide great, felt like rolling the dice on a linebacker who might have helped offset the losses of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe this offseason. The biggest risk in that move was one Newsome surely anticipated. By giving McClain a fresh start, the Ravens would be sending the same message that too often gets sent in the league: Teams will take a player with any level of baggage as long as he can produce. That thinking probably factored heavily in McClain's personal issues. He probably always has been a guy who has gotten too much leeway because of his tremendous physical ability.

Now McClain is about to tackle the toughest challenge he has faced in his life. He's going to try living in a world where football isn't a crutch and the same demons are there to pursue him. He certainly will hear people question his heart, his character and his desire. What they can't knock -- even if McClain suggested he might want to return to football in the future -- is something that shouldn't be lost in midst of this shocking news: his courage.


05-18-2013, 12:02 PM
Is a shame to waste such talent.

05-18-2013, 12:12 PM
I don't know if it's smart. He's surrounded by some of the top doctors in the world when he's in major league sports. He could have gotten help. It looks more like he just cashed 23 million dollars worth of checks and said "see ya"