Rolando McClain went from being the future of the Raiders at linebacker to the biggest bust of the 2010 NFL Draft as after poor attitude on and off the field caused him to be suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, McClain was sent packing by the Raiders despite having promise and potential that was unfulfilled due to the former Alabama star’s issues in becoming a professional.
McClain was bounced to Baltimore where he retired multiple times and looked like his NFL days were numbered before the Dallas Cowboys gave him a chance to make the team. Now with serious depth issues, McClain has a good chance to make the 53 man roster. He is also looking to put his past with the Raiders behind him, telling Scott Bair of CSN BayArea that despite his time in Oakland ending up being a failed experience he doesn’t have any ill will towards the franchise while also maintaining relationships with people who are still around from when he was a former first round talent for the team.
“I don’t know what the relationship is,” McClain said. “I had three years there, it is what it is, I made some great relationships, I still have those relationships, and I’m proud of it. That’s what you do. You live and learn. I wish them nothing but the best.”
“It actually felt good,” McClain said after Wednesday’s practice. “I know so many of them. We shook hands, we said hi, we had smiles. It was fun. Just like practicing with them in Oakland you say ‘Hey’ and then go play. Once the whistle blows you’re all focused.”
“It was two years ago, two-and-a-half years ago,” McClain said. “It’s all in the past. I wish them nothing but the best.”
With Sean Lee out for the season the Cowboys are hoping that taking a chance on McClain pays off and the troubled linebacker can finally keep it together for a full season both off and on the field. If that happens there is still hope for McClain that his NFL story can be more successful that his story with the Oakland Raiders, one that McClain says that he is content with.