According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, even though the Oakland Raiders decided to suspend linebacker Rolando McClain instead of releasing him right away after his on the field confrontation with head coach Jim Schwartz, he could still end up getting released.
Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain, a 2010 first-round pick, is completing his two-game, team-issued suspension on Sunday and is eligible to return to the club on Monday. However, this suspension could well be the first step to releasing the former eighth overall pick, whom sources confirmed was sent away from the team after engaging in a very loud and volatile argument with coach Dennis Allen a few weeks back, during the individual portion of practice. McClain has not practiced with the team since.
The former Alabama star is no stranger to off-field issues as well, including a December 2011 arrest for assault, and several current and former teammates say privately that McClain is a difficult individual to play with and be around at times. McClain is due another $3.6 million in guaranteed money between 2013 and 2014, the remaining years on his deal, but per the language in his contract, the suspension means the Raiders can void the remainder of guaranteed money still owed to him and release him without penalty. Should McClain appeal, the NFLPA would have to make the case that his actions did not amount to “conduct detrimental to the team” in order to recoup that money.
McClain has already pocketed roughly $20 million from the Raiders.
It’s time for the Raiders to clean things up and get rid of McClain.