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Report: McClain gets OK to seek trade

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 11:04 am in Oakland Raiders.

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.

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  • TrueIndianaRaider

    Xraided Im starting to think the Dolphins could be a good candidate with Long gone to the Rams. They need a tackle have two second rounders and we could still get a difference maker ie WARMACK if somebody falls in love with Cooper and who know Star still could be there at 12 if teams get scared of the health. Those are my two I want. Would be stoked either way

  • dr_robert

    My assessment of the top players in the draft?

    Joekel–very good franchise-type tackle. Maybe not HOF but pro bowler.

    Fisher–good. Athletic. Veldheer clone.

    Shareef–probably a good one. A couple pro bowls.

    Star–bust potential. Looks a little slow to me. And the heart condition could end his career.

    Warmack–bust potential. Probably pretty solid but slow and and I don’t think he will be great.

    Milliner–very good. Shutdown corner. Several pro bowls.

    Geno–very good nfl qb. Potential top ten qb.

    No one else merits #3 consideration, other than I will say I think Jarvis jones will be a double digit sack man in the nfl. But his health questions are sketchy.

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    YO YO YO THE BEEECH DIGGS ROCKIN’ DA MIC, WHUT WHUT

    Brahs, sweet – Nob Bust, the 2012/2013 Official Blog Punching Bag has quietly limped back into the blog!

    Totally awesome, Bro Hammy Hams. Now that free agency and the new 2K4S album are ramping up, we can all also enjoy some free backhands to Nob’s grille.

    Priceless and free entertainment, shout out to Kool Moe Dee

    Yo, what’s up with the Johnny Lee Higgins signing? Any of you hear anything?

    If Reg doesn’t man up and sign that high flyin’ cat to a max deal, I bet the Pats come in under the radar and snag him

    The Black Hole is going to go straight NUTZ when homey does a few dope cartwheels in the endzone, holla

    KEEPIN’ IT ON THE HELLA FLY TIP, WORD

  • dr_robert

    Dirt lot. Of course. Reggie belongs to all of us.

    EXTEND REGGIE NOW!

  • Gdog

    McClain was actually a damn good tackler when he wasn’t giving up his gap for NO REASON. His PFF rating indicates this. But the problem was he habitually gave up his gap.. usually to help out a lineman in front of him (why, who knows) or guessing on a gap on the other side of the play.

    Why no Raider coaches could straighten this out is a mystery. Either he is uncoachable, a complete drooling moron, or our defensive coaches were horrible at teaching.

    He will get someone to see if he can be coached up…

  • Raider_D

    Area man Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    If it comes down to it- and it will cause no one would trade for Rolo, we just set another $7mm on fire. Anybody know if that amount was included in our $32mm cap burn number mentioned earlier? Or is it up to $39mm now?

    ————————

    Not counted as he has not been released yet

  • JLofty

    I am a little concerned about Grimes and recovery from ripped achilles. A lot of times it takes more than one off-season to come back from $#it like that….

  • DKnight007

    I think a team that plays a 3-4 would be interesetd in trading for McClain if he lowers his salary of course.

    I think the Packers, Ravens, Steelers, would be interested in giving a 5th Rounder for McClain.

    Never know.

  • NGRaiderfan

    57.JLofty Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    I am a little concerned about Grimes and recovery from ripped achilles. A lot of times it takes more than one off-season to come back from $#it like that….

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

    yea.. i think he tore it the first game of the season though so at least he had the full season as well as the offseason to recover. some players never recover from that. LAron Landry recvered pretty good though.

  • oldschoolraider

    I remember how excited I was when we drafted McClain, not only a great player, but apparently a student of the game. The guy loved football. McClain seemed to be just as excited to be coming to Oakland. When he asked for a playbook to study while waiting for camp, I was impressed. He had a good rookie season. Showed a lot of potential. He talked about working to get better and taking a leadership role on defense.
    THe 11 season is when the wheels started to wobble. He seemed slower, made a lot of bad reads and that leadership role never materialized. Then the arrest.
    In 12 the wheels came off completely. He stopped trying and caring.
    So what happened to turn this eager kid into the bum we saw last year. A lot of people claim it was because of the way Hue handled his arrest, but I think he was starting to slip before all that. It seemed like the fire just went out.
    Is there even a place for him in the NFL? Can you get that fire back or is he destined to become another 1st round bust?

  • edward teach

    42.NGRaiderfan Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 11:44 am
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000151881/article/andy-reid-geno-smith-in-play-for-kc-chiefs-no-1-pick

    KC willing to spend top 2 picks on qbs…hahahaha this is a smokescreen to get a trade. they don’t know what to do with the number 1.

    ********************************************************

    The Chiefs could very well take Geno Smith if they have a trade partner for him.

    It would be a smart thing to do if they could pull it off, because they wouldn’t have to move down very far and they could pick up another draft choice or two in the process.

    I wouldn’t rule it out at all.

  • JLofty

    Thanks NG, I was wondering what time of year that happened. Funny a LOT of those achilles seem to happen early in season.

    So Landry came back quickly or just came back fully? Each athlete is different, just a risk with Grimes. Maybe it’ll make him cheaper…

  • DKnight007

    14.xraided Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 11:19 am
    GTFO MCLAME THANKS!

    i saw him at the gym in pleasanton a couple of months ago. he was just scopin out the place. i should have gave that fcker a piece of my mind. he wasn’t worth me breaking my work out though. not worth the words.

    ^^^^^^^^
    I saw Reece at that gym a few months ago as well.

  • NGRaiderfan

    62.JLofty Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:13 pm
    Thanks NG, I was wondering what time of year that happened. Funny a LOT of those achilles seem to happen early in season.

    So Landry came back quickly or just came back fully? Each athlete is different, just a risk with Grimes. Maybe it’ll make him cheaper…

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

    all i know about landry is that he tore his achilles in 2011 and signed a 1 yr deal with the jest for 2012 and had a good season and signed a pretty good size contract with the colts this yr. (4 yrs, 24 mil.)

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Can someone tell me if the RAIDS saved any money or benefited capwise by keeping Slo on the roster this long ?

    IMO, this entire Slo fiasco has been handled very poorly by Reggie and Tits.

    Slo should have been CUT IMMEDIATELY after getting in Tits’ face and trash talking the RAIDS on Facebook or Twitter or wherever the fvck he did that.

    Never was an apology or recant of any sort for that, was there ?

    The truth is the RAIDS aren’t getting anything in a trade for Roturdo.

    Whatever money (if any) they saved by carrying his sorry ass on the roster this long is insignificant. They’ll still be taking a 7 million dollar cap hit.

    The right thing to do was CUT IMMEDIATELY and make a statement that this type of crap will not be tolerated for one moment in OAKLAND.

    LMAO at REGGIE, TITS and the RAIDS for placing a few nickles and a pipe dream of getting anything in return for Slo – ahead of SELF RESPECT and SETTING SOME STANDARDS.

    Slo gets ok to seek a trade? Hahahaha.

  • JLofty

    “Can you get that fire back or is he destined to become another 1st round bust?”

    OSR, yes one CAN, but the bigger question is does one want to?
    That’s the kind of thing a new fresh destination can kick-start. Too bad about the kid, your take was spot-on…

  • dr_robert

    The garcia interview sounds great. But it’s garcia. Not Russell. Garcia says all the right things. But that won’t change what we know. Russell lacks all drive. He is the anti-garcia. And it’s all about the money with Russell. Yet again. Just like when narinovich tried his comebacks. It was for money. Russell couldn’t care less about football. He needs cash.

  • Gdog

    oldschoolraider Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I remember how excited I was when we drafted McClain, not only a great player, but apparently a student of the game. The guy loved football. McClain seemed to be just as excited to be coming to Oakland. When he asked for a playbook to study while waiting for camp, I was impressed. He had a good rookie season. Showed a lot of potential. He talked about working to get better and taking a leadership role on defense.
    THe 11 season is when the wheels started to wobble. He seemed slower, made a lot of bad reads and that leadership role never materialized. Then the arrest.
    In 12 the wheels came off completely. He stopped trying and caring.
    So what happened to turn this eager kid into the bum we saw last year. A lot of people claim it was because of the way Hue handled his arrest, but I think he was starting to slip before all that. It seemed like the fire just went out.
    Is there even a place for him in the NFL? Can you get that fire back or is he destined to become another 1st round bust?

    >>>>

    Remember how great he looked in the opening game vs SD? Everyone was going.. hey maybe he has turned the corner!

    He then face-planted against Miami… and the rest was history.

    Strange dude…

  • dr_robert

    They kept McClain around to get something for him. Period. They have shut him out completely from the team.

  • NGRaiderfan

    65.RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    Can someone tell me if the RAIDS saved any money or benefited capwise by keeping Slo on the roster this long ?

    IMO, this entire Slo fiasco has been handled very poorly by Reggie and Tits.

    Slo should have been CUT IMMEDIATELY after getting in Tits’ face and trash talking the RAIDS on Facebook or Twitter or wherever the fvck he did that.

    Never was an apology or recant of any sort for that, was there ?

    The truth is the RAIDS aren’t getting anything in a trade for Roturdo.

    Whatever money (if any) they saved by carrying his sorry ass on the roster this long is insignificant. They’ll still be taking a 7 million dollar cap hit.

    The right thing to do was CUT IMMEDIATELY and make a statement that this type of crap will not be tolerated for one moment in OAKLAND.

    LMAO at REGGIE, TITS and the RAIDS for placing a few nickles and a pipe dream of getting anything in return for Slo – ahead of SELF RESPECT and SETTING SOME STANDARDS.

    Slo gets ok to seek a trade? Hahahaha.

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

    I think that as long as they don’t hit one of those deadlines where money is guaranteed they can keep him and hope to get something abck for him.

    and if they wait til june 1st to cut him they can spread the cap hit over two years. which helps.

  • guest123

    So McClain wants to be traded now?

    I hope his agent is slick and knows how to get his client some face time with GM’s so that he can personally explain how it all went wrong in Oakland. He better coach McClain not to point fingers at the organization and start to accept some responsibility for all the damage he brought to himself and his team.

    Even so, with a $4 million price tag, what team out there is going to pick up that salary for the resume of tape that jogger has put together? The market is very soft. Even if he was a model citizen, he’d be lucky to get half that on the open market, non guaranteed.

    Face it, we are going to cut him. No if’s ands or buts about it.

  • R8ER MIKE

    guest123 Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    So McClain wants to be traded now?

    *********************************
    fuk that .. keep his azz around to do the laundry..
    and make him wear the green beanie while he is doing it !! lol lol

  • DKnight007

    I think and hope a team that plays a 3-4 would be interesetd in trading for McClain if he lowers his salary of course.

    I think the Packers, Ravens, Steelers, would be interested in giving a 5th Rounder for McClain.

    Never know.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    “Nothing has changed with our (QB) situation.”- #Raiders Dennis Allen
    =============================================
    So we pick up again with TP starting in place of an injured Palmer ?

    JUST WALLY PIP, BABY.

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    The best scenario we can hope for is a Louis Murphy-type trade (7th-rounder contingent upon him making the team).

  • guest123

    Make him sell popcorn and hot dogs in the stands.

  • DKnight007

    McClain is persona non grata from the Raiders facility.

    Sounds like he may have been indirectly involved in that arson perhaps huh?

    Sheesh

  • Try Some Reality

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 10:57 am
    Wow, the Steelers just signed Bruce Gradkowski to a three year deal.

    Tomlin met personally with Gradkowski to “woo” him into signing and gave him “Steelers Winner speech.”

    Not saying that Tomlin is a better evaluator of talent than Mistic and Debo though.

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

    LOL!

    So Tomlin is a Grads fan, eh? Interesting.

  • guest123

    I think and hope a team that plays a 3-4 would be interesetd in trading for McClain if he lowers his salary of course.

    ***********

    no matter if he is traded or waived, his salary will lower. but why would he attempt to do the Raiders any favors in asking for a trade? the only reward he will get from that is choosing his next team. the org has turned its back on him. gotta figure that mcjogger would enjoy watching Reggie twist in the wind eating a huge cap hit by cutting him. maybe jogger thinks there is actually a market for him as a starting mike? lmao

  • gangosix

    looks like reggies trolling for a sucker.go reggie

  • dr_robert

    I also think Reggie and DA are figuring if he can’t find a trade, they effectively fu@k his career up cuz most teams will have made their plans. They’re basically giving him a long slow torturous burn after he said he was outtie and dissed the team. So they keep him, suspend him, don’t talk to him all off season and just make him take it. How do u say? “Fu@k y’all rolando!”

  • dr_robert

    And the final insult will be hearing from his agent that no one wants him. Indignity. Suck on it mcdunce. Now go wear ur grean beanie.

  • Thec

    Some team out there is going to take a chance on McCheese.

    Question is, do they have the fortitude to wait until he is cut, or do they pull the trigger?

    My money says they wait until he is cut, then scoop him up for free.

  • Raider_D

    Maybe we can trade him to chicago since they need a new backup for urlacher since we took roach haha.

  • gangosix

    syzzrup here he comes

  • guest123

    He should draw kp duty as well. green beanie isn’t enough. make him mop floors and clean toilets at Raider HQ.

  • inonewordraider

    gradkowski + steelers oline = injured reserve

  • Area man

    Raider_D Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:01 pm
    Area man Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    If it comes down to it- and it will cause no one would trade for Rolo, we just set another $7mm on fire. Anybody know if that amount was included in our $32mm cap burn number mentioned earlier? Or is it up to $39mm now?

    ————————

    Not counted as he has not been released yet
    ————————–
    Thanks bro. Remembered we still have 1 June cut left right after I posted. Sucks getting old, but better than the alternative.

  • HGDaddy

    Paul Gutierrez ‏@PGutierrezCSN

    No one ever said “open,” they’ve said they’ve wanted “competition.” @jimmyweezy21 @PGutierrezCSN I thought there was open competition at QB.

  • hwnrdr

    whats the difference?

  • Marks hair

    Whatever.. any news that matters?

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Hwnrdr Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    whats the difference?

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

    It means they’re not shutting TP out, but it’s Carson’s job to lose.

  • guest123

    No Gutty, there will be ‘closed competition’ for starter QB. Or ‘open competition’ for the backup spot. That’s the difference.

  • irjonny

    i think its possible for a player trade since the market has dried up. so many teams in need of LB. high hopes low expectations

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    Hwnrdr Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    whats the difference?

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

    It means they’re not shutting TP out, but it’s Carson’s job to lose.

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

    Sigh.

    Woohoo, 6-10 here we come!

  • guest123

    Reggie has signed 6 defensive guys and I don’t think one offensive. This draft looks like it will go heavy on the offensive side.

  • Marks hair

    Da Didn’t say there was an open competition for quarterback. In the interview I listened to he said pryor had earned the right To compete with Palmer for the number 1 quarterback spot.

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Yo, Lake Show HOMIES Stand Up N Represent

    Purple n Gold got a beatdown in the Valley last night, but hellls … no Kobe & no Gasol, you know whussup

    You know we need them ingredients for that championship FLAVA

    The Dawg predicts we’ll lock up the 6th spot and take down OKC in the W finals, natch

    Then Kobe will show Bron Bron how to use a hankerchief:

    1) wipe away his tears
    2) clean up his dirty bum bum

    WHUT WHUT N THE BUTT

  • Marks hair

    But being that as a team we are not competitive I don’t understand the point in keeping palmer around at all.

  • guest123

    But being that as a team we are not competitive I don’t understand the point in keeping palmer around at all.

    **********

    so you are admitting that the team is more competitive with palmer as QB?