When this surfaced on my digital news device, I honestly had to remind myself that the Raiders hadn’t already released Rolando McClain, and that for reasons only known to general manager Reggie McKenzie, he was still employed until a few hours ago.
But after two arrests since the linebacker was made the eighth-overall pick in 2010, the Raiders have finally decided to minimize the amount of turds on their roster, and let him walk. The relationship had soured severely, with McClain starting only nine games this past season. When a top 10 pick is on the bench that frequently during only his third year, a divorce is forthcoming, especially when he really seems to enjoy guns.
There’s a broader tale of sadness now with this Raiders offseason, and 20 days before this year’s draft, it’s one that illustrates how much catastrophic decisions on the night of April 25 — or just before that night — will be felt several Aprils from now. Between McClain, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Huff, Richard Seymour, and Carson Palmer, the Raiders have parted with five first-round picks this offseason.
Three are their own, and first round picks (or in Palmer’s case, a second rounder too) were sacrificed to acquire the other two. Happy drafting, Reggie.