The Oakland Raiders are in development mode the least of their worries can be a straggler on the team. Friday afternoon the team officially announced the team released linebacker Rolando McClain.
Raiders waiving LB Rolando McClain today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 5, 2013
Once upon time, he was a future-star and considered a good selection for the Oakland Raiders as they selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. It looked like Tom Cable and his staff made a wise decision. Go figure two years and change down the road the once most recognizable defensive star of the BCS National Championship in 2010 would in some ways be another bust from Oakland.
In college for the Alabama Crimson Tide he was a superstar and lighted up the field on defense. He was an All-American and winner of the Butkus Award his Junior season.
In his pro career with the Raiders he was an up and down player but got trouble outside the field and never seem to lock on the new adjustments of the new regime in place so his days in Oakland were only numbered.
The funny thing about all this is McClain was drafted to become a run stopper and it never panned out and the Raiders last season had the second worst defense in stopping the run. His best season in is three year NFL career came in 2011 where he had 99 total tackles and five sacks. But in 2012 he lost his spark and was absent from the defense at times and only had one sack and that was against the Kansas City Chiefs the worst team in the league.
First McClain has to stay out of trouble off the field. He's still young and may have a lot in him for the right team and with the right coaching staff in place things may workout fine for him after all.