UPDATE: The Raiders declined to address whether McClain had been given permission to seek a trade, citing their policy against discussing contracts or trades.
Middle linebacker Rolando McClain has been given permission to seek a trade out of Oakland, according to an NFL Network report.
It has been clear that since McClain’s suspension last season for conduct detrimental to the team _ which occurred after he learned he was losing his starting job to Omar Gaither _ that the first-round draft pick in 2010 was not in their plans.
It has become even more apparent this offseason, with the Raiders signing linebackers Kaluaka Maiava, Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett in free agency to go along with 2012 weak side starter Miles Burris.
Dealing McClain is a difficult proposition. He is due a salary just over $4 million and has had problems off the field. In theory McClain could accept a trade at a reduced salary.
If McClain’s agent cannot find a suitable trade partner, the three-year veteran will be released with a salary cap hit at a reported $7 million.