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Tweets: McClain leaving Oakland

Someone named Jim Morris apparently spoke with Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain on Wednesday and was told by McClain that he “will weigh options” after leaving Oakland.
As of now, McClain remains on the Raiders 53-man roster and their starting middle linebacker. However, his status is up in the air after he missed practice today for what coach Dennis Allen called “team-related issues.”
A sports anchor in Birmingham Tweeted the following:
“Former Bama LB Rolando McClain no longer with OAK. He writes: I’m gonna weigh my options. Looking forward to playing for an actual ‘team.’ ”
Two sources within the Raiders said McClain has not been waived but that it remains a distinct possibility. The deadline for submitting waivers today already passed.
McClain was Oakland’s first-round pick in 2010, the No. 8 overall selection, out of Alabama. He started from the outset but has failed to live up to the lofty expectations of a player so highly regarded coming out of college, where he was a standout for the Crimson Tide.
Coach Dennis Allen demoted McClain from an every-down player to someone that played only in the base package. Rookie Miles Burris supplanted McClain whenever the Raiders went to their nickel package.
Just recently, McClain supposedly put this on his Facebook page.
“Officially no longer an Oakland Raider!!”
Followed by:
“Well technically I am. But I’m mentally done. Just waiting on my papers”
And: “I’d like to be anywhere besides here.”
McClain is earning $970,000 this season in base salary. He is slated to make $4,005,000 in 2013, $4,805,000 in 2014 and $2,665,000 in 2015.

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  • RaiderLen

    Afternoon Fellas,

    Full Rebuild is on.

    Cut the large non productive contracts, take the cap hit and trade anyone that can bring a return pick.

    Stockpile cap space and picks.

    Let’s just get the show on the road.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
    And i knew this whole McClain thing was coming because when they asked him about hue he talked up how good of a coach hue was and questioned why they let him go saying you never know what to expect “especially with this team.” Those four words let you know he was unhappy and doubted the vision of the team.
    —————

    Agreed, at least someone else pays attention.
    ———————————
    Tommy Kelly was talking up Hue too. He’s probably next.

  • The_Judge37

    Mis-fault of the coaches? Should they have run a 3-4? Oh wait, they werent allowed too.

    So tell me again how its the coaches fault? Dipchit.
    ——-

    Rob Ryan ran a 3-4, in the early 80′s too. So let’s not act like Al Davis forbid the 3-4 defense. But if it didn’t work out, he went with what he knew.

  • RaiderfanNY

    Time to take out the garbage. McClain is a bad player and a bad guy.

    I remember the first time I saw him play in an exhibition game his rookie year. I kept thinking “That guy looks really, really slow.”

    He’ll be a back-up for a year or two on a couple of different teams and then out of football.

  • jackasspuria

    KoolKell

    Don’t forget, Richard Seymour talked up Hubris as well.
    “A great player caller” he said when asked if he would be one of many Raiders greeting the Hubris of Deluth during the Bengals game.

  • Raider Riff

    The_Judge37 Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 4:45 pm
    So productive that he’s been black balled from the league despite his talent.

    He was productive allright, at tearing up locker rooms. I got stories from his Eagle days that you wouldnt believe if I wrote them.
    ——–

    He’s been black balled because he’s a 40 year old WR who can’t hold onto the ball anymore. Sure he was a little b!tch, but can’t deny he put up numbers throught his career. Eagles were never as good again since he left. Same goes for Dallas.

    ——-

    Eagles lost McNabb and got Vick

    Dallas lost Bill Parcells and got Wade Philips

    Im sure that had nothing to do with it. It was all because they lost TO. Riiiiiiight.

    Please shut up, youre just making yourself look stupider and stupider. Its ok to say you were wrong and backtrack on a stance. I wont hold it against you, I’ll actually respect you more for it.

  • Raider Riff

    The_Judge37 Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 4:47 pm
    Mis-fault of the coaches? Should they have run a 3-4? Oh wait, they werent allowed too.

    So tell me again how its the coaches fault? Dipchit.
    ——-

    Rob Ryan ran a 3-4, in the early 80’s too. So let’s not act like Al Davis forbid the 3-4 defense. But if it didn’t work out, he went with what he knew.

    ——–

    Rob Ryan was given 6 weeks. And when the players complained, Al stepped in.

    That is the system you are advocating? HAHAHA.

  • RaiderLen

    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    “you never know what to expect especially with this team.”

    Mcclain on Raiders firing Hue before all this—————————————
    Ya, Rolando couldn’t figure out the status quo had changed.

    Slowlando lol

  • elraidmanhattan

    Next years draft strictly character quality guys tough hard nosed that play football stating the obvious.

  • The_Judge37

    Eagles lost McNabb and got Vick

    Dallas lost Bill Parcells and got Wade Philips

    Im sure that had nothing to do with it. It was all because they lost TO. Riiiiiiight.

    Please shut up, youre just making yourself look stupider and stupider. Its ok to say you were wrong and backtrack on a stance. I wont hold it against you, I’ll actually respect you more for it.
    ——

    Wow, you’re really taking this personal. I like how you have an excuse for everything. I’m starting to think you’re John Herrera on the blog

  • Kirk

    Mclain was phoning it in for the pay check.

    He couldn’t give a s….

  • elraidmanhattan

    Tommy kelly was nice knowing you, should have left with terdell sands

    Richard Seymour good’luck in retirement

    Giordano good luck as a coach for kids good heart limited talent

    Huffy you can get on the plane to big D

    Spencer time to hang it up

    Bartell nice try but sorry goodbye

  • nycraider

    ok, so the rebuilding process is happening right? so help me understand why reggie
    1) gave Seymour a new contract that if cut next year we lose approx 5.5 towards the cap INSTEAD of just letting his contract expire
    2) why after franchising Branch , you then give him a long term contract INSTEAD of letting his contract expire
    3)sign Briesel to a contract that if cut next year hurts our cap by about 2.7 mil
    4) not put a claim on babin who would only have cost 1.6 mil this year, and next years non guaranteed contract of 5mil is either a bargain for a player who had 18 sacks OR you could trade him for DRAFT picks
    Reggie either wasnt rebuilding or made major mistakes. None of the above can be blamed on Al, not having cap space, or not having a draft. 2012 the year of the excuse, 2013 there are no excuses

  • elraidmanhattan

    Guys hold on to your hats because this rollercoaster ride is just starting, hey you guys wanted heads to roll I just didn’t expect it this fast. This is the beginning it is going to be exciting and bumpy too. But I think this is finally the start of a positive regime.

  • The Mack

    The previous regime wasn’t perfect by far but atleast they were watchable, this trash they’re trotting out there on Sundays now is just atrocious. Smh shame!

  • The Mack

    NYC good points just more proof Reggie is clueless.

  • 2-14

    With a real coaching staff and talent around him, I thing Rolando will regenerate his career somewhere else. He’s no Ray Lewis, but a decent starter for the next 5-6 years he could be.

  • 2-14

    ^think

  • 2-14

    Cutting McLain + not putting in a claim on Babin + tanking the season = Reggie will not fire DA. Damn

  • arena of truth

    Reggie is working in the system he believes in (WCO) DA and his staff are puppets to implement this system while he purges the roster and builds talent on this team. Next year the team will continue to struggle with a much lower payroll during the curve in 2014 the team will hire a great coaching staff to coach the talent assembled. Relax dummies.

  • Marks hair

    Pos

  • edward teach

    Not gonna scroll through over 300 posts to find out, so forgive me if someone has already said this, but it sounds to me like McClain quit the team and asked for his release.

    Raiders haven’t waived or cut him officially, and that’s usually the way releases are made public. His comments lead me to believe that this was his idea.

    Just my opinion, but that’s what it seems to me.

  • cpatton

    Let’s face it, McClain was never what we hoped he would be and it’s pretty foolish to think he would improve for us. Rather than pay a guy we know isn’t getting it done, let’s move on.

    Coming out of college, like in the pros, McClain struggled in coverage. He lacked an elite closing burst getting to the ball carrier. He was undisciplined in the run game, frequently bailed out by stellar team mates, and was penalized. He is also a shoddy tackler, and I don’t mean he can’t tackle but I have never once seen him in college or in the pro’s attempt an actual form tackle (while he is strong enough to get the guy down most of the time, it has occasionally resulted in penalties, yards after contact, and broken tackles.)

    Maybe in a 3-4 his weaknesses can be masked, particularly against the pass, but honestly a 2-down strongside LB is probably the best he’s going to get. Even his “leadership skills” which he was so famed for appear to be a wash.

    McClain has been here 3 years, and our defense in PPG has ranked what… 27th at the highest? Yeah. You will be missed buddy.

  • cpatton

    Also, Manti Teo would be a terrible decision. Linebackers in general are over valued. You need five things to win in this league, in this order: a guy who can throw the football, guys who can get after the guy throwing the football, guys to catch the football, guys to cover the guys catching the football, and guys to protect the thrower.

    Besides, in a league evolving into the use of athletic tight ends (and 2TE sets like New England) line backers in general are going to decline. There are already only a few teams that play MORE snaps in base defense than nickel, and that number is going to decline. Like college ball, defenses like the 4-2 are going to become the norm, frequently with 3 safeties.

    The way our defense is playing, and drafting likely in the Top 5, getting an elite pass rusher is an absolute must. We do not have anyone on the roster who can generate consistent, or even remotely frequent, pressure.

  • RaiderSam

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/28/officially-still-a-raider-rolando-mcclain-says-hes-done-in-oakland/

    very good take, Cpatton.

    I would also say that they would need to get the best player, then add later picks that could contribute such as Michael Mauti of Penn St., and Kwame Geathers of Georgia…

    But if teams that play MORE snaps in base defense than nickel, wouldnt we still need better depth at safety, pass blocking RB/off lineman, and topflight receivers.

    So, we’d be taking Keenan Allen at five rather than over valuing Manti Teo, right?

    As for McClain, he probably would be better in a 3-4, and I have to admit, the best game was the San Diego one, and as the losses mounted, he realized he was in the wrong scheme, there were too many injuries, and just not much talent around him.

    The gun incidents in Decauter didnt help, either. Will see if he pans out somewhere else, but I agree he struggled in coverage and was too heavy, and not sudden or quick enough to pursue and chase down. He worked best in a smaller area. In a 3-4 his weaknesses can be masked.

    Cpatton, one look at the previous drafts.

    does any other team have such a history with their #1′s?

    12 – Traded
    11 – Trades
    10 – McClain
    09 – DHB (Mediocre at best).
    08 – McFadden (one decent year – 0 healthy ones)
    07 – Jamarcus Russell
    06 – Michael Huff – Mediocre Safety/Corner
    05 – Fabian Washington
    04 – Robert Gallery
    03 – Nmandi (Ironically the lowest pick on this list!)
    02 – Phillip Buchanon/Napoleon Harris

    That is a decade of sadness and blown draft picks….thats what Reggie and Dennis Allen inherited (whatever you may think of them, not even Ozzie Newsome or Bill Polian wouldve been able to comeback from that bunch in one year) We wont even mention free agents.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    REGRESSION…..team has quit on Reggie and DA…word will get around.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I’m so sick of your crap. Troll!!! Al Davis is dead. He’s never coming back. So it’s obvious you aren’t a fan anymore. Get off this blog and get another team. We don’t need you. We don’t want you. Get lost!!!

  • RaiderSam

    The Mack Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 4:22 pm
    Lol this team is a joke, just god awful all the way around, other teams fans bash them and i dont even defend them anymore. They are the worst team in the league in my mind and it wouldn’t shock me if they were to pick 1st overall next year. They get rid of people but never replace them with any 1 better from the coaching staff on down… Oakland raiders my @$$, more like the Oakland clowns if you ask me.

    ========

    Cool. Need a ride to the airport. Fans like you can get to steppin.

    1 NATION

  • RaiderSam

    0ak R8rs Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    REGRESSION…..team has quit on Reggie and DA…word will get around.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I’m so sick of your crap. Troll!!! Al Davis is dead. He’s never coming back. So it’s obvious you aren’t a fan anymore. Get off this blog and get another team. We don’t need you. We don’t want you. Get lost!!!

    =============

    AMEN.

    Set the tone, brother. Get em out. Let em hop on another bandwagon.

  • Raidernationdave

    Hue who?

    ++++++++++++++

    DJ Johnny Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    Now is not the time to debate Hue.

    My apologies. I’m getting sick of it as well.

  • shutdown

    Hope the door banged that fat, slow ass of yours on the way out.

    I’m thinking Slowrondo is bi-polar, folks.

  • shutdown

    #3–right all the way, except I’d still like to see McFadden get 3/4ths of a healthy year behind a decent, not a make-shift o-line.

  • shutdown

    Aaron Curry is evidently another head case. To go from healthy to two bad knees with no explanation of how those knees got so bad is more than odd. No wonder Seattle got rid of him.

    I am serious when I tell you I think McClain has a mental illness and even more serious about Curry having one.

  • shutdown

    To those ready to fire DA–remember Al firing Shanahan after a poor record. Don’t be quick to quit on a young coach. It’s really DA, not McClain, that might shine down the road in a year or two with another team.

    Reggie knew this was a 3 year project and if Mark Davis didn’t know, then he’s dumb.

  • rediaR

    So who is DA going to use as the third LB for these last few losses then?

  • LILALDAVIS

    Reggie McKenzie must have watched this dudes video, cuase he called him out!!! Raider Fans this is classic.
    http://youtu.be/WBQ0VJvoJ1k <~~~

  • RaiderSam

    Just caught that lil Al Davis.

    good call on who the last OC was when we had the four game losing streak.

  • tonedeezy

    mcclain, seymour, and kelly should have been sent packing back in the spring.

    if the defense wasn’t such a trainwreck, all anyone would be talking about would be removing knappy of playcalling duties. fact.

  • manassamauler

    Mcclain is a classless POS. He badmouths the ORG that has paid him 20 mil+ for chasing a fukin football around. what an ass*ole. These football players think they’re special when all they are are entertainers and nothing more.

  • DT42

    While I don’t question the move, I do question the timing. So the Raiders are just now finding out that McLain is a bad fit? Trade him early in the season for draft picks. Instead they wait and get no return on their investment. Rookie GM, Rookie Coach strike again.

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  • omoran

    Raider(since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    OH SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT!
    Its about time you stop hurting people,and leave us in peace!
    What goes around comes around DUDE, and I assure you .
    Life is a cycle and is a balance between good and evil
    So remember this famous words,don’t look back something might be gaining on you.

  • QCRAIDER

    I remwmber watching McClain’s face as he heard he was drafted by the Raiders. None too happy. He never wanted to be here to begin with. Good riddance. You can join the other ex-Raiders not performing well on other teams(except for MBush)

  • 89706Raider

    #383- The reason Al fired Shanahan were those beady little eyes and pencil line lips. Who could look at that across an executive desk?
    Dennis Allen needs to get rid of his “Lane Kiffin Tribute Beanie” visor cap, and this whole thing will turn aroound.
    Simple as that.

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