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Raiders will waive Rolando McClain today


Amazingly, the trade never came together.

The Raiders are doing what has been expected for a month, parting ways with linebacker Rolando McClain, PFT has confirmed.  The transaction was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Technically, he’ll be waived, meaning teams will have to put in a claim if they want the former No. 8 overall pick.

McClain issued the following statement to PFT, acknowledging things hadn’t gone as planned:  “I’d like to thank the Raiders for giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL.  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.”

Getting rid of McClain continues an offseason of high-profile purges by General Manager Reggie McKenize.

Top-10 picks Michael Huff and Darrius Heyward-Bey were released, and high-cost trade acquisitions Richard Seymour (free agent) and Carson Palmer (traded for peanuts) are gone as well.

To grade McKenzie on what  he’s built so far seems unfair, since he’s clearly still razing the mistakes of others and clearing away the rubble.

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61 Responses to “Raiders will waive Rolando McClain today”
  1. raidingtexas says: Apr 5, 2013 4:19 PM

    Now jog yourself home.

  2. Giantspunk213 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:20 PM

    I’m shocked it took this long to get rid of him.

  3. buckarama says: Apr 5, 2013 4:20 PM

    Needed to be done, he can go jog around the field for some one else now.

  4. westcoastraider says: Apr 5, 2013 4:22 PM

    Didn’t think we’d get anything for him, his statement is pure bs.. Wash my hands of him..

  5. raiderfan40 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:22 PM

    Reggie continues to clean up a huge mess, McLain was a good pick in the draft that didn’t pan out! Good bye!!

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 5, 2013 4:23 PM

    I think the name of this procedure of parting company with a player, and saying goodbye forever, should be shortened to “wave”. So much more descriptive.

  7. goraidersgospurs says: Apr 5, 2013 4:23 PM

    damn man not even a 6 round atleast a 7 th SMH!!!

  8. raider23mike says: Apr 5, 2013 4:23 PM

    Jason Witten is happy!

    R.McClain got exposed BAD vs. TB.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 5, 2013 4:23 PM

    But he could have purged all of the mentioned players last year. Instead he chose to keep them because he foolishly thought he could contend with them. McKenzie doesn’t know what he’s doing and he is making mistakes and not salvaging value from soon to be castaways like he should have been doing with his first year.

  10. darkneptune73 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:24 PM

    Going to be a long, hard road ahead for those Raiders.

  11. rajbais says: Apr 5, 2013 4:24 PM

    And back in 2010 this was a “good pick” because Al Davis wasn’t involved.

    This guy sucked and was an a-hole too!!!

    If he doesn’t get a job next year I will not feel surprised nor sorry for him.

  12. bornking24 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:25 PM

    “Traded for peanuts” LMAO!!

  13. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 5, 2013 4:26 PM

    The Redskins are the only NFL that knows how to draft. The Redskins draft Hall of Famers with their 1st round picks. Other teams draft guys destined for the waiver wire. HTTR.

  14. raiderssf says: Apr 5, 2013 4:27 PM

    Addition by subtraction.

  15. simplegodfather says: Apr 5, 2013 4:29 PM

    He be great additional to NY Jets needies LBs.. He would play inside LB, while 2nd year Davis can play outside.. ofc, for the right price contract.

  16. scoops1 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:29 PM

    logicailvoicesays says: Apr 5, 2013 4:26 PM

    The Redskins are the only NFL that knows how to draft. The Redskins draft Hall of Famers with their 1st round picks. Other teams draft guys destined for the waiver wire. HTTR

    Sean taylor is going to the HOF ????

  17. raidingtexas says: Apr 5, 2013 4:33 PM

    goraidersgospurs says: Apr 5, 2013 4:23 PM

    damn man not even a 6 round atleast a 7 th SMH!!!


    Better to cut him for cap purposes. They can spread the dead money hit over two seasons. If they traded him, they are forced to take the entire hit in 2013. I don’t know why they even entertained the idea with him.

  18. DonRSD says: Apr 5, 2013 4:36 PM

    New Giants LB 🙂
    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  19. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Apr 5, 2013 4:36 PM

    Apr 5, 2013, 3:26 PM CDT
    The Redskins are the only NFL that knows how to draft. The Redskins draft Hall of Famers with their 1st round picks. Other teams draft guys destined for the waiver wire. HTTR.


    2005. Green Bay selected Aaron Rodgers, a true elite quarterback, at 24th overall. The Redskins took Jason Cambell with the next pick. Real HoFer right there

  20. kenstabler says: Apr 5, 2013 4:39 PM

    I think Mc lame will be a very good player for a team that plays a 3-4 all the time. I don’t think he ever liked being on the west coast. Why does a 4-3 team pick a great 3-4 linebacker and think they can change them? I was pissed when we selected him.

    Anyway, good luck Rolando. Grow up and become the player everyone thought you could be.

    You have a second chance, take it and run with it and become a PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER.

    Your college days are over, step up.

  21. raiderlyfe510 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:40 PM

    The Blog Says….
    “To grade McKenzie on what he’s built so far seems unfair, since he’s clearly still razing the mistakes of others and clearing away the rubble.”

    I can grade McKenzie right now..

    Hiring Dennis Allen F
    Hiring Greg Knapp F
    Hiring Frank Pollack F
    Hiring Steve Hoffman…a kicking guru to coordinate a whole special teams unit. F

    Now I know that the HC makes the staff hires but when a Head Coach candidate is being interviewed the question should be raised as to how his staff will be assembled.

    People say Mckenzie is cleaning up the past mess. Tom Cable and Hue Jackson had changed the culture already. Under Hue Jackson we had a good O Line, promising young receiving corps, a franchise QB, the most dangerous RB in be league.

    Hue started out 7-3, suffered injuries and ended up 8-8….EXACTLY LIKE GRUDEN’S FIRST YEAR. This was a young roster, built through the draft, and on the verge of a breakthrough…DENNIS ALLEN EVEN INDICATED THAT THE ROSTER WAS ON THE VERGE OF CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENTION IN HIS OPENING PRESSER.

    Reggie created the mess that he’s cleaning up. He’s in over his head….IMHO.

    These are just wasted Raider seasons. I doubt that Reggie Mac or DA will last with the Raiders.

  22. torturedraiderfan says: Apr 5, 2013 4:40 PM

    Reggie is opening up the window to clear the stench Al Davis left behind. I think in a few years, the Raider will actually be a competitive team with a solid foundation. Gotta have patience.

  23. bradriegertbreig4739 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:43 PM

    logicailvoicesays says: Apr 5, 2013 4:26 PM

    The Redskins are the only NFL that knows how to draft. The Redskins draft Hall of Famers with their 1st round picks. Other teams draft guys destined for the waiver wire. HTTR

    How many HOF’s do the Redskins have? 4?! Since 1983 (Darrell Green), there only has been one player (Champ Bailey) worthy of HOF and he’ll go in as a Bronco.

  24. bandzz says: Apr 5, 2013 4:44 PM

    Ozzie will sign him …he loves Bama guys and he should blossom in a 3-4 system with our recent additions.

  25. nineroutsider says: Apr 5, 2013 4:50 PM

    He’s only 23. Wow, I’d take a flier on him to come back up Bowman & Willis on the cheap. Maybe not, but I wouldn’t cry if the 9ers see something in him. He could be a better fir for the 3-4, but he needs to get his mind right.

  26. trollaikman8 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:50 PM

    The state of Alabama should be on high alert.
    Dude is armed and dangerous…well, as is everyone in Alabama.

  27. radrntn says: Apr 5, 2013 4:51 PM

    thats ok , most of the teammates that you are going to miss are already gone as well.

    Already figured his money into the equation that raiders will be about 80 million under next year.

    Ok reggie, try to sign clabo.

  28. bigboysmash says: Apr 5, 2013 4:53 PM

    hopefully the ravens sign him. they need inside linebackers and this guy was pretty good at bama. he has allot of off-field issues but that also comes with playing for the raiders. hopefully he can be a good 2 down backer. the raiders should trade back from now on so their top 10 pick dont look like such big busts anymore. last 5 years their 1st pick has been horrible.

  29. gibbyfan says: Apr 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    2005. Green Bay selected Aaron Rodgers, a true elite quarterback, at 24th overall. The Redskins took Jason Cambell with the next pick. Real HoFer right there……………..
    and sadly Al picked a complete throwaway with pick number 23 –just ahead of rodgers—think about how that might have changed history–no jamarcus–no Jason Campel, no Carson palmer etc

  30. maverick2560 says: Apr 5, 2013 5:08 PM

    Remember Raiders had McClain ahead of Sean Lee as the top inside LB. This is why 40 times and and other physical factors don’t always tell the whole story.

  31. EJ says: Apr 5, 2013 5:13 PM

    He will probably get scooped up by either KC or the Bengals.

  32. raiderredleg says: Apr 5, 2013 5:21 PM

    Another player that Dennis Allen or his coaching staff couldn’t get the most out of.

    Agree you can’t blame Reggie for the personnel moves he had to make as far as the roster itself (although Palmer wanting to take less money to go to AZ AND giving so much guarenteed money to an unproven career backup QB worries me), BUT I am very disappointed on how he put together his first coaching staff.

    Coach Allen better make strides in year #2 or he will be out of work next along with his “wet behind the ears/in over his head” DC Taver.

  33. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Apr 5, 2013 5:24 PM

    Please fellow Raider fans, STOP with the Hue Jackson love and all the talk about how the team was heading in the right direction before Mckenzie took over.

    You make the rest of us Raider fans look like idiots.

  34. Deb says: Apr 5, 2013 5:30 PM

    As a Bama fan, I know what this guy is capable of doing. He wasn’t just a brilliant linebacker, he was our defensive signal-caller–nicknamed the mini Saban. He understood the defense. And Nick is a strict disciplinarian, which kept him out of trouble. That’s what he needs. I’d give anything if the Steelers could pick him up and change his trajectory.

  35. raiderredleg says: Apr 5, 2013 5:40 PM

    @ Deb

    Might have been a great LB at “Bama”, but he displayed NONE of those qualities in the NFL once he got his “check”.

    Besides NFL speed is a heck of a lot faster than SEC and can’t cover in open space (which is a pre-requisite for being an every down LB in the NFL).

    And a little hint…Saban was an EPIC failure as a NFL coach so the whole “disciplinarian angle” doesn’t make much sense and if the Steelers didn’t want James Harrison back why would they take a flier on dude who NOT ONLY couldn’t cover his shadow, but would point a gun and threaten people????

    My guess is even if a team takes a flier on him he will never be much more than a situational or back up LB.

  36. souldogdave says: Apr 5, 2013 5:49 PM

    He sure was a waste of flesh on the Raiders. His criminally bad attitude and rejection of authority will continue to ruin him.

  37. Deb says: Apr 5, 2013 5:57 PM

    @raiderredleg …

    Actually, the Steelers offered Harrison a 30-percent paycut–which would have been about $4.5 million–plus incentives. He turned it down but has since changed his mind. Now, reportedly, the Steelers won’t deal with him–which I find idiotic since he was more productive last year than younger, fresher, healthier guys putting in twice the playing time. And Nick wasn’t an EPIC failure as an NFL coach–he was just mediocre. Rolando played well his rookie season, so he has the ability–as long as he’s healthy. The question is whether he has the will. As long as it doesn’t cost much to find out, I’d still give him a try.

  38. razzlejag says: Apr 5, 2013 6:06 PM

    So, he’ll go into the waiver process- does this give KC first crack and would they take him? I am sure that Jacksonville would put in a claim.

    I don’t know how contracts work with waivers as opposed to starting over as a FA. Does the claiming team have to honor the existing contract.

  39. tdk24 says: Apr 5, 2013 6:11 PM

    Please never draft anyone from Alabama again please. Thank you.

  40. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 5, 2013 6:16 PM

    ign him grigson, the colts can turn this turd around, we run a 3-4, he will help us, just dont claim him cause then u will have to pay his salary, wait til he clear waivers and sign him to a vet min deal

  41. walrushooker says: Apr 5, 2013 6:43 PM

    Expect a signing is coming… There is no reason to dump him other than spreading out his cap hit to two years instead of just this one, and they’re losing a chance at a, albeit unlikely, comp pick.

  42. eastkoast49er says: Apr 5, 2013 6:45 PM

    Clearly I’m not a Raiders fan, but they are heading in the right direction by trying to clear cap space and getting rid of “distractions.” 2 Birds, 1 stone.

    They’ll probably have the worst record (or S.D/Buffalo). So a top 3 pick 2 years in a row is a GREAT place to start the rebuilding.

    Maybe they could trade down & stockpile a couple of picks

  43. rprudhomme says: Apr 5, 2013 6:50 PM

    Bye Bye Slowlando Raider Nation will not miss your Sorry butt!

  44. biggame28 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:16 PM

    unfortunately hes the type of guy that needs to be in a good situation to excel. hes a bone head but hes talented. I watched him at Bama for a long time. I hope a real contender picks him up and he grows up. He was a Real shame in Oakland.

  45. steelerben says: Apr 5, 2013 7:42 PM

    While the Steelers do need an OLB that rushes the passer to replace Harrison’s production and Worilds has been underwhelming I’m not sure Rolando “F*ck Y’all” McClain is the answer. While he was a first rounder for good reason he just isnt a team player. Then again, Lebeau can make trash look like treasure.

  46. bizzyb559 says: Apr 5, 2013 8:33 PM

    For 10 years prior to his death Al Davis continually made poor decisions which led to the disarray within the Raider organization we know today. Its gonna take Reggie a little bit more than one year to fix the mess Al created in a decade. I don’t know if the direction we’re headed is the right one but I’m willing to give it a shot. Frankly, I like what I see so far except letting wheeler leaving. Peace.

  47. axespray says: Apr 5, 2013 8:34 PM

    Reggie is just doing what Ted had to do when he was hired to be the Packer’s GM….

    Clean up the Cap Mess and Rebuild.

  48. raiderapologist says: Apr 5, 2013 10:00 PM

    rajbais says: Apr 5, 2013 4:24 PM

    And back in 2010 this was a “good pick” because Al Davis wasn’t involved.
    Davis ran the draft in 2010. McClain was a Davis pick.

  49. spinmovr says: Apr 5, 2013 10:04 PM

    Blocker magnet.

  50. jjackwagon says: Apr 5, 2013 10:28 PM

    Everyone should “waive” goodbye to that mess of a team.

  51. nflfolly says: Apr 5, 2013 10:31 PM

    Reggie Mckenzie has turned the franchise into mush in one year.Bringing in the Zone blocking system was a huge failure on his part and had nothing to do
    with cap issues just a phenomenal bad decision that destroyed the offense. For him to make excuses shows he is in way over his head. Next year a possible 2-14 or 0-16. Maybe then he will get fired.

  52. realskipbayless says: Apr 5, 2013 11:24 PM

    Carson Palmer (traded for peanuts)

    That’s actually a bargain.

  53. Reviews of the tube says: Apr 5, 2013 11:52 PM

    I’m not convinced Seymour is a goner just yet, I think he might want to stay in Oakland and pay for cheap

  54. raideralex99 says: Apr 6, 2013 12:45 AM

    Some of these Raiders fans know Reggie is in over his head and plainly does not know what he is doing BUT I’m surprise how many think he is doing a GREAT job … Lol.
    Now go ahead and give the thumbs down … Lets see at the end of the season when the Raiders get the #1 pick … How great of a job Reggie did. Remember when all of these same losers said JaMarcus will be the next Peyton … LMFAO

    Hint …. If a GM has to dismantle the whole team and start my scratch … He not a good GM.

  55. joetoronto says: Apr 6, 2013 4:23 AM

    It’s about time, this turd has only one possible destination, the all turd team themselves, the Cincinnati Bungholes.

  56. johnstone17 says: Apr 6, 2013 9:08 AM

    Again, I laugh at those killing Reggie on here. Who traded for Carson Palmer? Not Reggie. Oh wait, it was the great Hue Jackson. Who traded a pick for Aaron Curry? Not Reggie, Oh wait, it was Hue Jackson. Who gave out a whole bunch of bad contracts? Not Reggie. That was Al. If you remember Reggie’s press conference when he got hired, he said every aspect of the football side was going to be evaluated. He took a season, evaluated & now he’s doing the job that needs to be done. People actling like Hue Jackson was the second coming of Gruden is laughable.

  57. pinion8ted says: Apr 6, 2013 9:38 AM

    logicailvoicesays says:
    Apr 5, 2013 4:26 PM
    The Redskins are the only NFL that knows how to draft. The Redskins draft Hall of Famers with their 1st round picks. Other teams draft guys destined for the waiver wire. HTTR.
    Now I understand why everyone else here calls you a moron.

    You’re not even a very good troll.

  58. iraider7 says: Apr 6, 2013 10:00 AM

    Anyone here that don’t see the obvious is part of the problem ! REGGIE IS COLLOSALLY INEPT ! in biblical proportion to ! AND HE IS ALSO A LIAR !
    the dead money count in this league is a simple measure stick of a gms’ performance , and REGGIE is off the charts @ $ 50 mill this hyear alone, !! go dispute that u reggie aid drinkers !
    $ 50 mill in dead money ! most of you don’t know what dead money is , so nut shell, paying for player that is no longer your team is dead money ! and this guy is incapable of engineering a trade , that simple ! that requires the gm to actually initiate ,and be smarter or equal to the other guy ! REGGIE AINT THAT and not even close ! btw the next nearest team is @ $ 17 mill in dead money and that is high !!
    simply put this reggie is the problem with the raiders !!!! he also is a liar , last year he said he will b 74 mill for 2013 , he is now at 114 m b4 the draft wow ! he will not trade down , and acquire more picks, unless another team takes advantage of him , and he will then make it look like it was what he wanted etc ! he is a LIAR , NOW HE IS claiming he will be @ 74 mill next year ??? how can that be , his 1st rounder this year alone is a $ 26 mill signing bonus proposition , this years draft alone will be about $ 40 mill in bonus money , and when they go 2-14 this year next years draft will be even more !
    look , every year gms rioubnd the nfl main job is to keep themselves between nfl min of $ 118 mill and the $ .132 mill , u have to be in constant adjustment mode, and ahead of the calendar on when these bonuses are due , REGGIE SI THE ONLY GM , THAT CANT PUT THIS TOGETHER , DUE TO THE FACT THAT HE HAS SOME SORT OF LEARNING DISABILTY I AM SURE !

  59. iraider7 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:38 PM

    hey raideralex 99 , where hjave u been man ! finally someone other then me , what really bugs me is the fans on the blogs really don’t know football , last year 33 mill in dead money was the highest in league by far , this year he is at 50 mill and he aint done ! this guys is what I said he is a
    ” colossally INEPT ” dope of biblical proportion , and has had guys like ron wolfe covering for him ! this shows just how dumb mark davis really is , davis can be dumb , he is the owner ! but not his staff that he pays to be smart ! SIMPLY PUT THE REGGIE LIED ON HIS APPLICATION OR RESSUME ! HE NEEDS TO BE CANNED NOW !!!!!!!!
    HE NEEDS TO BE FIRED NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. iraider7 says: Apr 6, 2013 4:46 PM

    oh and for all you reggie aid drinkers that love getting lied to here is the truth hahahaha !!!
    the nfl minimum is 118 mill team salary , no team can be under that , it is 89.7 % of 132 mill dequals 114 mill by draft day ! , tampa 4 years ago challenged that and got nailed a draft pick ok ! So when reggie claimd last year in 2012 that he will be 74 mill this year I knew he was a liar then , he is recycling the same lie this year claiming that 2014 he will be @ 74 mill he is lying again in the hopes no one will catch him !!! I am ratting him out to dave Thomas, poole, and espn radio , they will expose him on the air soon hahahaha !!
    I also know people who know steve wiz and nap kaufman , I w try to get thru to them , wiz will give a earful on the dumb & dumber sequel reggie and allen , that is what I call them two idiots !

  61. Deb says: Apr 6, 2013 4:53 PM

    @tdk24 …

    Sure, I can understand you not wanting to draft anymore Bama players. Why would the Raiders want another Kenny Stabler? And after all, there are four other colleges that have more players than Alabama does in the NFL Hall of Fame. 🙄

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