The Raiders will waive middle linebacker Rolando McClain Friday, according to an ESPN report.
UPDATE: The Raiders confirmed they have waived McClain.
McClain’s departure was a foregone conclusion ever since his two-game suspension last season for conduct detrimental to the team after he got into an exchange with coach Dennis Allen after being informed Omar Gaither would be the starting linebacker.
There was no immediate confirmation from the Raiders on the transaction.
Earlier in the season, McClain was removed from the field in the nickel defense, with rookie Miles Burris taking his place.
The Butkus Award winner from national champion Alabama never became the playmaker or defensive presence the Raideres had hoped after making him the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft.
While often invisible on the field, McClain made headlines for the wrong reasons off the field, most notably an in-season arrest in 2011 on charges that he allegedly fired a gun near the head of an acquaintance following an argument.
Misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, menacing and illegal discharge of a firearm within the city limits of his hometown of Decatur, Ala., were eventually dropped when the victim in the case declined to assist in prosecution.
Most recently, McClain was arrested for failing to citation after being pulled over for illegal window tint.
The Raiders signed three linebackers during the free agent period, Kaluka Maiava, Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett. Roach is the likely starting middle linebacker if the Raiders retain a 4-3 defense.