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Raider LB McClain released

Linebacker Rolando McClain was released by the Raiders the team announced Friday.. Picked #8 overall by Oakland in the 2010 NFL draft, McClain was set to make $4.005 million in base salary this year and had a $6.675 million salary cap number.  He had a career-high 99 tackles and five sacks in 2011, but never lived up to his high draft status.

McClain said in a statement that “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 Raider’s organization good luck going forward.”

This is another cost-cutting step taken by Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie who also has released WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, safety Michael Huff, and traded QB Carson Palmer to Arizona for low draft picks this week.  Let’s hope that the house cleaning will put a spark in the team as they continue to rebuild and move forward..

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One Response to “Raider LB McClain released”

  1. John R. LoRe, Ph.D. says:

    Smiling… and waving!

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