McClain signs, all hands on deck for practice


The Raiders announced the signing of their top draft pick Rolando McClain, on their Twitter account at a minute before midnight.

Terms for McClain’s contract, as the No, 8 overall pick from Alabama, were not disclosed.

Oakland also announced the signing on its Web site.

The Raiders gave $23.5 million in guaranteed money to Darrius Heyward-Bey, the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft.

Having signed a contract, McClain should be available for comment following the Raiders first practice Thursday morning at Napa.

The Raiders will have walk-through style practices at 8:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. Thursday.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • raidertbone

    You’re absolutely right! When the “element” arrives, the whole tune of the blog changes. It’s the same way in the parking lot at the stadium!

  • GG

    RF is a distant memory now. I associate all the bad Raiders years of recent times, including the Jamarcus Russell era, with RF itself.

    The witches are all dead now. Time to move on back up.

  • bcz24

    There were so many of us that would just log out once we saw the ahole parade arrive

  • The Season is finally here, let’s savor it! Jerry’s gonna keep us posted, no need to go anywhere else. The wait is over, the Raiders are gonna rock this season!!

  • raidertbone

    I’ll drink to that (a regular beer that is — no purple stuff!)

  • raidertbone

    I am curious to get an update on Chaz today, if nothing else.

  • hwnrdr

    raidertbone Says:
    July 29th, 2010 at 6:44 am
    I’ll drink to that (a regular beer that is — no purple stuff!)

    Hell yeah!!! With a little Hells Bells ringing in the background!

  • bcz24

    “Hell yeah!!! With a little Hells Bells ringing in the background!”
    … the autumn wind is a Raider

    That HAS to be first!

  • RaiderRockstar

    This place has been pretty good all day for at least the last few days since RMR, Rico, and SeyOak have all disappeared.


    I’ve never had a problem with Rich or Brown.

    MR, Kell and SeyGlenn are the biggest blogturds imo

  • hwnrdr

    Oh of course Bcz…that is how its listed on my playlist! With Raider Nation by Ice Cube playing immediately after!

  • GG

    Haha the purple drank aint no kool aid

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’d be a liar if I said that i’m confident we’ll whoop the Titans in Week 1 with Desmond Bryant at NT and Samson Satele at C. that means the anchor of each line is it’s weakest link!

    needless to say I’m pulling for John Henderson and a late FA signing of Kevin Mawae … who helped pave the way for CJ to rush for 2000 yards last season 🙂

  • GG

    I hope we see this season at home games people holding up “no knuckleheads” signs.

    There’s a side to Cable that is irresistible.

  • GG

    Why the Raiders will do well this season…

    1. There’s that new culture brought in.
    2. That culture is founded on work ethics, comraderie, but also self-belief of their collective talent and will to get out of the doldrums we’ve been in since 2002
    3. Therefore, once we put that into action in pre-season, that self-belief will amplify to a self-belief that it can be done in regular season.

    Pre-season is usually discardable, but i think this pre-season isn’t.

  • RaiderRockstar

    every year we talk about the losing “culture”, etc etc

    the whole thing is crap imo

    you gotta have players & coaches that get the job done on a consistant basis to win games

    we haven’t done that in 7 years, hence the record …

    will this year be different? I think so

  • RaiderRockstar

    Coaches in:

    Hue Jackson
    Mike Waufle
    Kevin Ross
    Craig Dickenson

    Coaches out:

    Tom Cable (as play caller & o-line coach)
    Dwayne Board
    Randy Hanson
    Aaron Pelch

  • RaiderRockstar

    add Greg Beikert …


  • GG

    what changes that culture tho is players with work ethics and love the film room. And excellent position coaches, like we have this year—for the most part. Like DL and LB coaches. Feel Rathman was a loss a couple years ago, and our ST coach now has to step up. Not to mention Tollner/Hackett being good at what they do. You give them players like J.Campbell, and players like R.McClain, and you see a marked difference on the field.

  • raidertbone

    You’re right again. The big difference between this and last year was – last year, Seymour came in, but it was kind of begrudgingly (after how the Pats kicked him to the curb). This year, he’s all in from Day One (witness coming in on teh bus with all the rookies). He is going to be an excellent presence throughout training camp. Also, I think we don’t have the media circus around DHB (who was scrutinized by EVERYONE in the media last year) — hopefully, he’ll feel more comfortable, which will equate to more catches and, perhaps, a starting role. RoMac is going to be a force, and Houston a beast on the outside. If we get something out of Henderson, Groves and Wimbley, we’ll be looking good. RRAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIII-DEERRRRRRRRRRRRS!

  • Just Fire Baby


    Poor Jerry has to watch this stuff.

  • Just Win Baby

    Afternoon session at 4:20? Really?

  • J Wiggle

    if Desmond Bryant starts over John Henderson, Titans RB Chris Johnson will run for 150+ in Week 1

    Print That


    Uh, what!?!?!?

    If Dez Bryant BEATS OUT Big John, wouldn’t that mean he was the better player?

  • raidertbone

    Suit up Biekert — let him and RoMac play alongside each other behind the front wall = lots of lost teeth!



    Adam Schefter Adam_Schefter

    Numbers are in: Raiders first-round pick Rolando McClain signed a 5-year, $40 million contract that includes $23 million guaranteed. 25 minutes ago via UberTwitter

  • Haters-B-Gone

    Were not going to sneak into the playoffs, were going to march in there as AFC West division champs…To hell with the Donkeys, Chokers and Chumps..GO Raiders!