On Friday the Oakland Raiders released linebacker Rolando McClain according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
“I’d like to thank the Raiders for giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL. 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.” said McClain in a statement.
McClain entered into the NFL through the 2010 Draft as the No. 8 overall pick by the Raiders. He was ready to make $4.005 million in base salary this year. The move was expected after McClain never really lived up to the Raiders expectations, and Oakland is looking for every penny they can get their hands on.
In 2011 McClain showed some flash going for a career high of 99 tackles and five sacks. In 2012 he was not able to improve on those numbers and got 62 tackles and only 1 sack.
I’m not to sure about this move. The Raiders are moving to a 3-4 defense and I believe McClain really would have shinned in this system. Good news for McClain the 3-4 is making a big push in the NFL and I don’t think he will sit in the Free Agency market for too long. He may even stay in the division with the Kansas City Chiefs looking for Inside Linebacker. One of the better stats that McClain has is 20 pass defensed in his three years playing in Oakland. The Chiefs need a good covering linebacker to help cover the middle of the field.