No sooner than I openly expressed my opinion on how the Raiders should handle Rolando McClain the team has announced his reinstatement on one condition. McClain is back on the 53-man roster but whether or not he’s active for Sunday action depends on what he and head coach Dennis Allen discuss in the coming days.
Currently Coach Allen is back in Texas dealing with his personal tragedy endured last week. Once Allen returns McClain’s fate will be decided.
One man whose fate was sealed two weeks ago is now no longer a Raider.
Cornerback Ron Bartell was released in order to make room for McClain on the roster. Bartell’s signing was always a gamble as the veteran corner that arrived with injury concerns. Those concerns surfaced almost immediately as Bartell suffered a broken shoulder in his first game as a Raider.
By the time Bartell was back in the starting lineup it was painfully obvious that his health wasn’t the only concern. Bartell’s coverage skills have eroded to the point that he was benched two weeks ago after being abused on a simple go route by Browns rookie receiver Josh Gordon.
This is also symbolizes Reggie McKenzie rolling snake eyes with the two veteran corners he signed this offseason. With no case at his disposal McKenzie had to seek out bargains in the free agent market. Both Bartell and Shawntae Spencer inked one year contracts that were more or less open auditions.
Neither man is on the active roster with Spencer on IR and Bartell now on the street.
The Raiders also released sparsely used fullback Owen Schmitt today as well promoting cornerback Chimdi Chekwa from the practice squad.