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Report: McClain gets OK to seek trade

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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  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    I would keep McClain and make him play nothing but Special Teams.

    If he didn’t play or his attitude was bad I would fine him as much as I could.

    I would get some kind of value out of this POS.

  • UCLA Raiders

    I love the way Reggie is torturing this POS SLO. Love it! He’ll release him after all teams are done with their roster. Just watch. It’s personal between POS SLO and Raiders organization now. The way it should be.

  • beach

    Another wasted draft pick in the end by Al Davis. I would not give either JaMarcus or Rolando a crumb of bread if either were starving in the streets!

  • DJ Johnny

    Raiderlization Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 11:33 am
    I am on record as I never 100% liked Palmer as a Bengal more less a pathetic choice making QB for the Raiders. He throws before the player is even breaking on the ball get’s INT’ed and has no awarness to run when needed to get a 1st down or extend play! Who cares if our D plays most of the game and he launches prayer’s! Please tell me what makes you think we wouldn’t see what we already have the past two seasons? Aren’t you tired of the same excuses and reasons for his lack of success? I don’t think he is worth 5.5 mil this year or ever! This is why he has to be released alone he thinks he is worth more and got you fools believing him! LMAO!

    Ok. You’re admitting you 100% “never liked Palmer”. So obviously it is something personal about him you just don’t like, and it goes beyond what he’s done on the field, and it’s always been that way, which is what i’ve been saying is how alot of the Palmer haters feel about him.

    It’s fine. You can like whoever you want. I feel that way about certain players too no matter how talented they are, but since you said you “never liked him…and you 100% feel that way then 2005 doesn’t matter…when he had 32 td’s and 12 int’s and almost 4k yards and led the Bengals to their first playoff birth in 15 years and had better numbers than Peyton Manning in his prime, and went to the pro bowl.

    He went to the pro bowl again in 2006 and was named games mvp.

    Alot of guys just “never liked him” like in your case…no matter what he’s ever done on the field.

    I’m not criticizing you for it. I appreciate your candor.

  • beach

    We have a “real” GM now! Reggie to the rescue!

  • guest123

    Reggie is a pragmatic guy. As much as fun as it seems to torture poor mcjogger, he is ready to bury the hatchet and deal him if there is a taker. I think allowing jogger to look for a trade is sincere and transparent. If Reggie can get even so much as a conditional 7th rounder like he got for Murphy he will do it. Win-Win. The way it should be.

  • realtruraider

    Open, closed, whatever…they have made it clear that Carson is not getting handed the starting job, to me that says alot on how they now feel about Carson.

  • beach

    Kobe can’t hold LeBron’s jockstrap right now. The King is unstoppable!

  • poprox13

    On the bright side, we have a better chance at trading Slolando than JaFattass has getting back in the NFL.

  • The_Judge37

    beach Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    We have a “real” GM now! Reggie to the rescue!
    —–

    We Hope so

  • Marks hair

    Am I admitting that the team is more competitive with Carson at QB? I mean I would have to guess.. We never got to see Pryor play and he really never got to practice.. but my guess would be yes.

  • inonewordraider

    beach Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    Kobe can’t hold LeBron’s jockstrap right now. The King is unstoppable!
    ___________
    must not have been watching lately, kobe has singlehandledly won games lebron has wade playing his best. when they played last, kobe had at least as good a game as him, but wade was the difference

  • The_Judge37

    Simply being not Al Davis doesn’t make you a “real” GM. Plenty of “real” GM’s in the league, not all of them are “Good” GM’s

  • inonewordraider

    huff gone
    dhb gone
    mcclain gone

    remember when we had all those former #1 picks on the roster?

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Embrace Debate…

  • dr_robert

    To me, they are trying to hype Pryor so maybe they can get something for him.

    Also it shows what liars the Pryor supporters can be. When they mentioned letting Pryor compete, the Palmer-bashers quickly changed it to open competition. I said at the time that that was never said. Slippery little liars trying to change things.

    Re: mcdunce. They could even wait until camp ends to cut him, utterly ensuring he won’t start anywhere. They really are fuc@king him. Love it.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Inonewordraider Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    huff gone
    dhb gone
    mcclain gone

    remember when we had all those former #1 picks on the roster?

    ————

    Swinggg…

    In a miss

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

    Inonewordraider Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    huff gone
    dhb gone
    mcclain gone

    remember when we had all those former #1 picks on the roster?

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

    DHB was a reach, but the other two were considered “safe” picks.

  • dr_robert

    Geno is the next raider qb anyway.

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Bron Bron will be 69ing his sorrows away with Dwayne Wade while Kobe raises #16

    Then Chris Bosh will lock himself in his bedroom for a week so he can sob and watch Silver Linings Playbook

    Oh yeah and Beeech Diggs will do his part – hump Spoelstra’s girlfriend in the poop chute

    Bareback, natch, for her pleasure

  • The_Judge37

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    Inonewordraider Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    huff gone
    dhb gone
    mcclain gone

    remember when we had all those former #1 picks on the roster?

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

    DHB was a reach, but the other two were considered “safe” picks.
    —–

    And DHB was the most productive out of the 3

  • guest123

    Am I admitting that the team is more competitive with Carson at QB? I mean I would have to guess.. We never got to see Pryor play and he really never got to practice.. but my guess would be yes.

    *********

    So next season, when you get all worked up for the Raiders games on Sunday, do you really feel like getting up to see Pryor play, knowing in your gut that Carson gives us the better chance to win? Or do you just accept fate and whatever pitiful record we get. Do you really want that kind of torture?

    If you are passionate about the Raiders, when they lose and they are noncompetitive, it ruins your whole day, gives you headaches, makes you puke at times, go on drinking binges. Not saying this is you. It is me though at times.

    The point I’m trying to make is that it’s easy to say ‘tank it’ and ‘we suck anyway’ and ‘clown for clowney’ in March, but if you are not a casual fan that’s a tough row to hoe come Sept-Oct-Nov-Dec. That’s a lot of suffering. If it really means much and that’s subjective.

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

    Dr_robert Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:12 pm
    Geno is the next raider qb anyway.

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

    Very doubtful.

  • RaiderDebo
  • DutchRaider77

    118.Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    Inonewordraider Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    huff gone
    dhb gone
    mcclain gone

    remember when we had all those former #1 picks on the roster?

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

    DHB was a reach, but the other two were considered “safe” picks.

    ___________________________________________

    In hindsight, Huff was a good pick in that the second choice was Leinart? Davis, blasted Shell that he talked him into taking Huff over Leinart.

    We would have rather had Huff, right?

  • poprox13

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    In hindsight, Huff was a good pick in that the second choice was Leinart? Davis, blasted Shell that he talked him into taking Huff over Leinart.

    We would have rather had Huff, right?
    ________________

    At the time I wanted Leinart, boy was I wrong on that one.

  • inonewordraider

    so the only #1′s we have left at this point are
    dmac
    cp
    jano?

  • Marks hair

    You misunderstand guest. I don’t care which quarterback we use but I would rather look to the future since we are not competitive or close to competitive now. We should just deal with our dead money and cap problems right now. Should have started the fire sale last year..

  • The_Judge37

    The fact that Huff has been a starter by default doesn’t necessarily make him more successful than Leinart. Both suck equally.

  • NGRaiderfan

    104.DJ Johnny Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    Raiderlization Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 11:33 am
    I am on record as I never 100% liked Palmer as a Bengal more less a pathetic choice making QB for the Raiders. He throws before the player is even breaking on the ball get’s INT’ed and has no awarness to run when needed to get a 1st down or extend play! Who cares if our D plays most of the game and he launches prayer’s! Please tell me what makes you think we wouldn’t see what we already have the past two seasons? Aren’t you tired of the same excuses and reasons for his lack of success? I don’t think he is worth 5.5 mil this year or ever! This is why he has to be released alone he thinks he is worth more and got you fools believing him! LMAO!

    Ok. You’re admitting you 100% “never liked Palmer”. So obviously it is something personal about him you just don’t like, and it goes beyond what he’s done on the field, and it’s always been that way, which is what i’ve been saying is how alot of the Palmer haters feel about him.

    It’s fine. You can like whoever you want. I feel that way about certain players too no matter how talented they are, but since you said you “never liked him…and you 100% feel that way then 2005 doesn’t matter…when he had 32 td’s and 12 int’s and almost 4k yards and led the Bengals to their first playoff birth in 15 years and had better numbers than Peyton Manning in his prime, and went to the pro bowl.

    He went to the pro bowl again in 2006 and was named games mvp.

    Alot of guys just “never liked him” like in your case…no matter what he’s ever done on the field.

    I’m not criticizing you for it. I appreciate your candor.

    ===========

    what does what he did in 2005 and 2006 have to do with him today, in 2013? that was seven yers ago. let’s bring in john kitna he threw for 4200 yds in 2006. or how about marc bulger? he threw for 4300 and is only 35. 2005 and 2006 on a different team? it doesn’t mean sh!t.

    In his only playoff game in 2009 where he played all the way through he got outplayed by mark sanchez. mark sanchez. let that sink in for a second. that’s closer to the times. but honestly, as bad as that is…that doesn’t matter either.

    what matters is he is not worth 15 mil cap hit. i wouldn’t be mad at bringing him back for 5-8 mil range, that is on par for an avg. to slightly above avg. starter in the nfl. make him compete for his job, if he wins, let’s go.

    stop putting up his old num,bers in his 2 good years of his career and try to act like it has any relevance to the player he is now. that sh!t is the past. Shoot daunte culpepper had a better resume when he came to the raiders than palmer did, he won multiple playoff games and put up gaudy stats. that didn’t matter, neither does palmers 05-06 numbers.

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

    Inonewordraider Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    so the only #1’s we have left at this point are
    dmac
    cp
    jano?

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

    RoMac’s still technically on the roster.

  • inonewordraider

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  • RAIDERMAN99

    How the phone call to the Ravens or any other team will go:

    Slo’s agent: Hello, Ozzie ?

    Ozzie: Yeah, who’s calling ?

    Slo’s agent: I’m Rojoggo McWhiff’s agent, calling on his behalf. He tells me he’d love to play for the Ravens. He thinks he can help you guys out. He’d be willing to play at a steep discount. We’ve gotten feelers from other clubs already, but Baltimore is his first choice. Would you consider a trade ? Even a late round pick might do the trick.

    Ozzie: Hahahaha. Is this a prank call ? GTFO of here joker !

    Slo’s agent: No, this is for real. Quit laughing.

    Ozzie: Hahaha. OK, tell you what, after your client is cut, get back to me. Hahahaha.

    CLICK.

  • inonewordraider

    have our coaches had any success with wr’s?

    lotta potential, need the right coaching…

  • NGRaiderfan

    In hindsight, Huff was a good pick in that the second choice was Leinart? Davis, blasted Shell that he talked him into taking Huff over Leinart.

    We would have rather had Huff, right?

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

    i would have rather had haloti ngata. he went #12 in that draft

  • NGRaiderfan

    hindsight is always 20/20 though.

  • guest123

    Should have started the fire sale last year..

    ***********

    @ markshair,

    I couldn’t agree more. coulda woulda shoulda’s don’t pay the rent though.

    I too want us to climb out of cap hell, but I don’t think we have to climb into the abyss of the NFL to do it. There are a number of other teams just like us around the NFL who are dealing with the hard salary cap and purging rosters. It’s not just us, look around and you will see the Jets doing this, the Jags, also are in cap hell.

    I don’t see how laying down and being noncompetitive helps us any. It puts our entire team in a tailspin and leads to pressure for wholesale management and coaching changes. I fear hitting rock bottom for the reprecussions to the Reggime.

    Not saying we will win now and not serving any koolaid, but we need to be as competitive as possible at every position on the field. Now if Pryor is flat better than CP3 in practice, then I want to see a change. Till then, I have to assume that Carson is the guy.

  • DJ Johnny

    I think Raiders can field a better, more productive defense than they did last season. I mean, how hard can it be?

    The d-line and linebackers are already better with the guys Reggie just picked up in FA.

    So…better defense…elevating to “below average” status, improved offense with return to pbs and DMAC in contract year, 4th easiest schedule in the league…..

    We’ll be better imo, and this is even before we’re done picking up FA’s and the draft.

  • hwnrdr

    What dogs say…bark bark bark bark bark

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Marquette King ‏@MarquetteKing

    Great kicking session with my boy Condo today. He always tells me “It’s not a sprint it’s a marathon”.

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  • Charlie

    Our dead money number (see below) will be up to $39 million for 2013 if/when we cut McClain.

    You want to really get sick-read more:

    Bad contracts can set a team back for years. Just ask the Oakland Raiders. Joel Corry 11/15/12

    Oakland Raiders ($28,114,475-Dead Money; $124,105,427-Adjusted Cap)

    Reggie McKenzie, who was hired as general manager in January, INHERITED A MESS BECAUSE OF THE PREVIOUS REGIME’S PENCHANT FOR SIGNING BAD PLAYER-FRIENDLY CONTRACTS. The Raiders began the offseason with $145 million committed towards this season’s cap, which is $120.6 million, when they only had approximately $3 million of cap room to carryover from the 2011 season. In order to reduce their cap obligations by approximately $22 million to comply with cap rules, McKenzie restructured (Carson Palmer, Richard Seymour, etc.) and terminated contracts.

    Addressing the three-year, $31.5 million contract (with $20 million in guarantees) Stanford Routt received in 2011 before the lockout, which made him the NFL’s third highest paid cornerback (by average yearly salary), was at the top of McKenzie’s list. Oakland compounded their problem after the lockout by restructuring Routt’s contract to create cap room in which two voidable years were added at $11.5 million each to help with the proration. With Routt’s 2012 base salary becoming fully guaranteed on February 10th, McKenzie released him despite his contract containing a $5 million fully guaranteed fifth day of the league year 2012 roster bonus without an offset.
    Most NFL contract guarantees contain language which allows a club to reduce the amount they owe a released player by the amount of his new deal with another club (an “offset”). Since Routt’s contract doesn’t have this language, he has been getting paid this year from both the Raiders and the Chiefs. Routt counts $10,785,334 in dead money on Oakland’s cap. Without the restructuring, his dead money would only be $3,333,334. Routt made $15 million for the one season he played under this deal.

    Kamerion Wimbley is the other major dead money charge for the Raiders at $9.9 million. McKenzie attempted to renegotiate the five-year, $48.5 million contract Wimbley received last year, but didn’t have much leverage because $6.5 million of his 2012 base salary was fully guaranteed without an offset at signing. He released Wimbley on March 16th, a day before the remaining $4.5 million of his $11 million 2012 base salary, his $11 million 2013 base salary and $2 million of his 2014 base salary became fully guaranteed. Kevin Boss and John Henderson, who were also released, are receiving $2 million and $1.5 million payments, respectively, from the Raiders this year because of salary guarantees without offsets.

  • inonewordraider

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  • willy91137

    When the season starts I like all 53 players a the end of the season if we not Winning I hate all of them. Them eight in eight seasons only pissed off half of the time.
    Being a raider fan Mondays can suck for 16 weeks.But when their winning

    Mondays are glorious and IN 172 days we will find out what kind of mood I will have on Monday the??

    POUND THE ROCK

  • DJ Johnny

    130,

    You don’t get my point. I was responding to the fact he said he “NEVER LIKED HIM”. By that he’s saying even in 2005 and 2006 when he was all pro caliber.

    If never means never it means that the poster didn’t even like him in those yr’s, which says it goes beyond performance on the field.

    That was my point. Imo there are many here who feel the same way. They just NEVER liked him no matter what.

    It’s just my take by the stuff i’ve read here.

  • Charlie

    You guys really think we could do all the cutting in one year????????

    See my 141 post.

    We could not have fielded a team last year if we tried what you are suggesting.

    I am afraid many of you do not understand how bad our situation was and is.

  • R8ER MIKE

    new post ladies !!

  • NGRaiderfan

    112.inonewordraider Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    beach Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    Kobe can’t hold LeBron’s jockstrap right now. The King is unstoppable!
    ___________
    must not have been watching lately, kobe has singlehandledly won games lebron has wade playing his best. when they played last, kobe had at least as good a game as him, but wade was the difference

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

    u do know that the heat are 5-1 against the lakers since lebron joined the team right? the lakers have no chance of beating the heat in a seven game series. they won’t even make it out of the first round. they can’t compete with the best teams in the west.

    they have a current streak against western conference bottom feeders and eastern conference teams not including the heat, who are easily the class of the conference.

    Kobe has dwight howard, steve nash, and pau gasol (injured). 2 hall of famers and the (supposed) most dominant big man in the nba. Lebron is better than kobe at pretty much everything right now. shoots a better %, better 3pt %, more assists, more rebounds, more steals, more blocks, way better PER, and he has been a better closer this year. all reasons y he will be winning his 4th mvp this yr and most likely his 2nd str8 championship. the only team i think that can beat the heat in a series are the spurs.

  • severeraiderz

    Gdog Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    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…
    //////////////////////

    As a rookie John Marshall gave him crap for just doing his job on defense. He said doing his job wasn’t enough and that he had to go make plays, it’s been downhill since.

    Contrary to what many believe, Rolando will go to another team and be an above average player. With the exception of Houston, no defensive player on this team has excelled. Our coaches have done a subpar job of maximizing the talent here and we are going after vets because they don’t need to be coached up like a younger guy would, something we have yet to prove we can do

  • raidertbone

    Slo-lando will be a decent defender for another team (in the right scheme), but he will never be the dynamic playmaker that we all thought, coming out of college – just another piece of trash on the first round garbage heap of Raider first round picks (with a couple of exceptions, of course).

  • rodn5yn

    In McClain’s defense, he was an inside linebacker in college, not a MIKE. All the same, I’m glad he’s gone.

    Come to think of it, what rookies drafted by Raiders have been exceptional?