Dec 18, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain (55) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum. Detroit defeated Oakland 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Draft Bust Rolando McClain Retires from the NFL


Throwing away an NFL career at age 23 is sad and unfortunate, but that’s exactly what former Oakland Raiders’ draft bust Rolando McClain is doing.

After being waived by the Raiders this offseason, McClain signed a one-year deal worth $700,000 with the Baltimore Ravens, but does not intend to play for them or any other team.

“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” said Ravens GM Newsome. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.”

McClain undoubtedly has had a turbulent career, being arrested three times in two seasons while in the league.

In April, he was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at a park in his hometown.

In January of this year, McClain was arrested for a window-tint violation and providing a false name to police.

If that wasn’t enough, in November of 2011, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail after firing a gun next to a man’s head. The case was later dropped after being thrown out by a judge.

Again, all these incidents occurred in his hometown of Decatur.

At the time of his second arrest earlier this year, McClain spoke out.

“I’m falsely accused of everything,” he told the Decatur Daily. “It’s corrupt. It’s terrible.”

When asked if he believed that the police were out to get him, he simply said,  “Yes. You said it. I answered it.”

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.

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  • http://twitter.com/richie_sotelo Richie sotelo

    In high school you were the man homie.

  • bill kush

    Another waste of a draft pick by the Raiders. I’m just glad the bum is gone