Raiders Cut Ties with Rolando McClain
The Oakland Raiders, in a move that shouldn't surprise anybody, have released Rolando McClain (#55 pictured).
McClain, was the 8th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, posted on his Facebook page that he was no longer with the team. "Officially no longer an Oakland Raider!!" he posted on his page.
McClain added, "Well technically I am. But I'm mentally done. Just waiting on my papers" and "I'd like to be anywhere besides here."
McClain was absent from Raiders practice in a move Dennis Allen said was "team-related issues."
The Raiders have until 1 P.M. Thursday to submit McClain to the waiver wire for the transaction to take place that day.
McClain has been known as the second biggest disappointment to JaMarcus Russel. The former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker was demoted from an everydown player to a base only played four games into the season by Head Coach Dennis Allen. He accounted for 244 total tackles and 7 sacks in two and a half seasons with the team.
McClain is earning $970,000 this season in base salary. He was slated to earn $4,005,000 next season, $4,805,000 in 2014, and $2,665,000 in 2015.
If the move takes place, veteran Omar Gather will start at Middle Linebacker this Sunday, when the 3-8 Raiders take on the Cleveland Browns, also 3-8.
The move speaks volumes to the future of the franchise as the Raiders will look to improve next season on a defense that is one of the worse in the NFL. The Raiders rank 24th in pass defense (247.8 YPG) and 28th against the run (131.2 YPG). The Raiders have been outscored 22.5 points per game in their four straight losses.
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