2010 first round pick has run out of chances as off-field issues prove too much.
Oakland Raiders are ready to release linebacker after too many off-field issues, according to sfgate.com.
After showing much promise during his Alabama career to be a top inside linebacker at the professional level. Being selected by the Raiders with the eight overall pick in 2010, the linebacker was meant to become the linchpin of the Raiders defence and be the elite run-stuffing player he proved to be at college.
That was never the case.
Too many off-field issues, including drink driving and possession of a firearm, coupled with fall-out within the locker room has proved too much for the organisation to keep him around much longer.
SFgate.com are reporting that the team are ready to cut ties with the 23 year old, before they give him $7m next season.
The Raiders don’t have a lot of money to work with this free agency, so they will be very quiet, although this little bit of extra money could help them bring in a rotational player at the linebacker position, or be used towards their first pick in the upcoming draft.
As for McClain, teams may shy away from him because of his temperament. In recent years however, the Cincinnati Bengals have taken on previously troubled stars and turned them into good players.
They could also do with some depth at the position, so signing McClain to a low, one-year contract could be a good coup for the young, fledgling team.