Raiders give agent permission to shop Ronaldo McClain
Possibly since Week 12 of last season, Ronaldo McClain was widely expected not to be part of the Oakland Raiders’ future plans. The Oakland Raiders only strengthened that prospect by signing Kaluaka Maiava, Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett in free agency to play along with Miles Burris as weak side starter, so they are deep at linebacker.
Joining the Oakland Raiders in 2010, Ronaldo McClain never took off to his eighth-overall pick expectations. Ronaldo McClain played 11 games last season, finishing with 62 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Ronaldo McClain’s below-par production made the two-years remaining on his five-year, $40 million contract too expensive for the Oakland Raiders.
Moreover, Ronaldo McClain’s time in Oakland was highlighted by variety of legal issues, including assault and gun charges. The new Oakland Raiders regime was ready to turn the page on Ronaldo McClain’s previous off-field issues and give him a fresh start. But Ronaldo McClain landed himself in hot waters with the Oakland Raiders after getting into an intense argument with coach Dennis Allen last season, as a result of which he was thrown out of practice. The Oakland Raiders followed that up with a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
At that point the Oakland Raiders undoubtedly contemplated cutting Ronaldo McClain but the resulting cap hit made it an inadvisable move. So instead, they deactivated Ronaldo McClain for the final three games of the 2012 season.
Recently, Ronaldo McClain’s agent reportedly asked Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie for the green light to seek a trade for McClain. That request for trade was granted by team.
The former Alabama standout Ronaldo McClain was a unanimous All-American in 2009, while leading the Crimson Tide to victory in 2010 BCS National Championship Game.
The Oakland Raiders may expect a low-round pick from teams willing to trade for Ronaldo McClain. Otherwise, if a trade is not worked out, the Oakland Raiders will release Ronaldo McClain, which could mean a $7.5 million cap hit for the team. However, there has been no timetable for Ronaldo McClain’s release and no rush by the Oakland Raiders to put that plan in motion.