How little do the Raiders think of Rolando McClain?
They've given the middle linebacker's agent permission to try and facilitate a trade out of Oakland for his client, according to a report by NFL.com, and if a trade cannot be worked out, McClain would then be released.
In the real world, why would a team trade for McClain when it's known he'll be released and on the open market for the taking, essentially for free?
All of which means, and is no surprise, McClain's time with the Raiders is at an end. It has been, actually, since he was suspended two games last year and made inactive the final three after a practice field "encounter" with coach Dennis Allen.
General manager Reggie McKenzie has acknowledged that salary cap implications prevented the Raiders from cutting McClain last season, and McClain's play and off-field behavior, which has included gun incidents and a pair of arrests, has made him the latest in a string of bad first-round picks for the Raiders.
Per the NFL.com report, the Raiders will absorb a $7 million salary cap hit for releasing McClain, who is due base salaries of $4.005 million, $5.805 million and $2.665 million in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively, with cap numbers of $6.675 million, $8.475 million and $5.085 million.
Obviously, the Raiders, who have signed three linebackers in free agency thus far in Kaluka Maiava, Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett, think it's a small price to pay for such an underperforming headache in McClain.
You're not surprised, are you?