Rolando McClain waived
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.
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
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.
Originally Posted by Terrible Towlie
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.
Originally Posted by aggiebones
(seem to recall a bunch of posters to this board that thought McClain would be a great pickup?)
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.
Can't see the Steelers doing this. Pretty sure 2013 is going to be all about 'character'.
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.