Why Oakland Raiders Must Follow Up Suspension by Releasing Rolando McClain

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystDecember 1, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Rolando McClain of the Oakland Raiders poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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When general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen took the reins in Oakland they promised that change was coming for the Raiders, and if the pair was serious about that statement then a strong one needs to be sent amidst a lost season.

Middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, needs to be shown the door.

Things may well already be headed in that direction. As reported by The Associated Press via The Los Angeles Daily News Mcclain has been suspended two games for conduct detrimental to the team after an altercation in practice Wednesday, although Allen wouldn't go into specifics as to what exactly transpired.

"I'm not going to get into any of the specifics of anything that happened, that went into the decision," Allen said. "That's team-related matters. We're going to keep that within the family."

That altercation spurred a number of bizarre Facebook posts by McClain that included "Officially no longer an Oakland Raider. Well, technically I am. But I'm mentally done. Just waiting on my papers." according to Eric Gilmore of CBS Sports.

The posts were later taken down, but at this point the Raiders would be well served to grant McClain's wish.

It's not like this is the first problem with McClain. In November of 2011 McClain was arrested and charged with assault after threatening a man in Alabama and discharging a firearm near the man's head.

Those charges got the 23-year-old a 180-day jail sentence that was later dropped after McClain appealed and the victim chose not to pursue the matter, but if nothing else that run-in with the law produced an arrest photo that tells you everything you need to know about what is (or isn't) going on between McClain's ears.

Were McClain playing like an eighth overall draft choice, then right or wrong a lot of this nonsense would be forgiven, but to this point in his career he hasn't come anywhere close.

It seemed down the stretch in 2011 that the proverbial "light bulb" was finally coming on for McClain, and after he tallied 99 stops and five stops on the season the team was hopeful that this would be McClain's breakout year.

Instead McClain has regressed badly, so much so that the Raiders had already removed him from the nickel package in favor of rookie Miles Burris and Greg Cosell of NFL Films called him "the worst starting 4-3 middle linebacker in the NFL" due to his lack of agility and constantly being caught out of position.

Frankly. McClain personifies everything that's been wrong with the Oakland Raiders over the past decade, a highly drafted, highly paid player who has underperformed on the field while being a pain in the you know what off of it.

Paying him more than $4 million in 2013 would be lunacy. Paying him four dollars would.

Grant his wish, give him those "papers" he's seeking, and let Rolando McClain become someone else's headache.