Raiders: LB Rolando McClain Clears Waivers, Becomes Free Agent

Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker (55) Rolando McClain against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain went unclaimed on waivers, and is now an unrestricted free agent, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. 

McClain was waived last week by the Raiders.

The eighth pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, McClain was once touted as the future centerpiece of the Raiders’ defense. To say the least, he has failed to reach up to those expectations. His career stats are rather unimpressive: 173 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and one interception in three full seasons.

“I’d like to thank the Raiders for giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL,” McClain said in a statement. “I’m disappointed that it hasn’t worked out better, but I’m very excited and thankful for the Raiders allowing me to get a fresh start. I will miss my teammates and wish them and the Raiders organization good luck going forward.”

Off the field, McClain has been involved in several incidents. He was arrested last November for allegedly threatening to kill a man and firing a gun beside the man’s ear in Alabama. Last January, a car that McClain was driving was shot at, but nobody was hurt.

Bottom line, nobody will disappointed that he leaves the Raiders for good.

 

Topics: Oakland Raiders, Rolando McClain

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