Raiders to place LB Rolando McClain on waivers

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

The Rolando McClain era with the Oakland Raiders has come to an end as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the club will place the 2010 first-round pick on waivers. Running back Darren McFadden is now the only Oakland first-round pick since 2000 still on the team's roster. That year, Oakland selected kicker Sebastian Janikowski with the 17th overall pick.

McClain should have no problem clearing waivers. The 23-year-old 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. Any team that willingly acquires McClain's contract, also acquires the $3.635 million in fully guaranteed base salary.

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.

McClain started nine of 11 games for the Raiders last season, totaling 62 tackles and a sack. In late November, McClain got into a verbal argument with head coach Dennis Allen and was suspended for two weeks for conduct detrimental to the team. After his suspension, McClain was inactive for the final three games of the season, setting the stage for the two sides to go their separate ways this offseason. The Raiders had granted McClain's agent, Pat Dye, to seek a trade, but with a toxic contract, a run-in with a head coach and off-field issues, there were no takers.

McClain's off-field issues began with an arrest 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 upon appeal, the charges were dropped when the victim would not cooperate with the criminal case against McClain. In January of 2013, McClain was again arrested in Decatur, Alabama after giving a false name to police during a traffic stop.

While McClain's release can be considered an "addition by subtraction" for the Raiders, it is worth noting that the transaction comes on the same day that the Raiders' Bay Area neighbors San Francisco 49ers reached a five-year, $37.295 million extension with right tackle Anthony Davis, who was selected three picks after McClain in the 2010 NFL draft.

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