Yesterday it appeared as if Rolando McClain’s days in Silver and Black were all but over. That might well be the case but for now he’s still a Raider.
No roster moves were made today one day after McClain was sent home from practice then announced to the world that he was no longer a Raider.
While McClain is still on the team he was not back at practice today with Dennis Allen only saying McClain’s absence was a result of the “consequence to his actions”.
Whatever that means.
Maybe one day we’ll learn what really went on. Just as speculation began to fly yesterday as to what was next for the Raiders and McClain even more is being uprooted now as the team decides the fate of their flawed defender.
Some are wondering if the Raiders are planning on suspending McClain for the balance of the season without pay. The theory is that the move would allow the Raiders a more financially feasible answer to the problem wearing #55.
If Oakland simply cuts him they’d be on the hook for nearly $300,000 more owed to McClain this season.
Another notion is that with McClain cleared of all his legal woes from a year ago he’s become a more valuable commodity on the trade market. Granted underachieving top-10 picks tend not to have much value anyway but at least there is no threat of a league mandated suspension looming over the heads of whoever it is that next makes the Rolando roll of the dice.
Whether or not McClain remains a Raider for the rest of the season let alone the week is irrelevant. It’s pretty obvious that he’s played his last down in Oakland. All that remains is for the team to make a decision on how to handle his departure.