Linebacker Rolando McClain's tenure with the Oakland Raiders is coming to an end as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the team will either trade or release the former first-round pick this offseason.
According to Rapoport, the Raiders have granted McClain's agent, Patrick Dye, permission to facilitate a trade out of Oakland. If no trade is reached, the Raiders will release McClain, who has been a major disappointment on and off the field since being selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Alabama.
In 41 games over the last three seasons, McClain has 246 tackles, 6.5 sacks and one interception. McClain's most impressive season came in 2011 when he posted five sacks and a career-high 14 passes defensed as a 14-game starter.
However, McClain's on-field performance that season was overshadowed by his off-field exploits. McClain was arrested in Decatur, Alabama in January of 2011 after allegedly pointing a gun at another man and firing it next to his head. McClain was convicted and sentenced to 180 days in jail, but the charges were dropped upon appeal when the victim would not cooperate with the criminal case. In January of 2013, McClain was again arrested in Decatur, Alabama after giving a false name to police during a traffic stop.
In between those arrests, McClain was involved in an argument with head coach Dennis Allen and was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team for two games late in the 2012 season. McClain would not play after he was reinstated and he finished his third season in the NFL with 62 tackles and a sack while playing in 48.11 percent of the team's defensive snaps.
If off-field exploits and a run-in with a head coach aren't enough of a deterrent to keep a team from trading for McClain, his contract might.
McClain, who turns 24 in July, entered the NFL a season before rookies were sacrificed in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement. McClain has two seasons and $10.31 million remaining on his five-year, $40.25 million rookie contract and is scheduled to earn $4.255 million in total cash compensation 2013 and another $6.055 million in 2014.
According to a source with knowledge of McClain's rookie contract, $3.635 million of the $10.31 million that remains on the contract is fully guaranteed with no offset language. Whoever acquires the contract, also acquires the $3.635 million in fully guaranteed base salaries. That should keep the Raiders' asking price on the low side as if a trade isn't worked out, McClain would receive that money from Oakland and will become a free agent. If traded or released by the Raiders, McClain would count $7.26 million against their 2013 salary cap, an increase of $585,000 over his current cap figure of $6.675 million.
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