ALAMEDA -- Rolando McClain and Dennis Allen have apparently talked and made up as the middle linebacker was on the practice field during the open media window Wednesday.
McClain had been kicked out of practice on Nov. 28 and slapped with a two-game suspension without pay by the team for "conduct detrimental" and while his suspension as technically up on Monday, he had to wait until this morning to speak with Allen, who did not return from his father's funeral in Texas until Tuesday.
After being kicked out of practice two weeks ago -- the gist of a report said Allen urged McClain to try harder in a drill and McClain said he had $4 million reasons not to try harder, which was ensued by a load of F-bombs dropped by each -- McClain took to Facebook and posted, "Officially no longer an Oakland Raider!!" he wrote, before adding, "Well technically I am. But I'm mentally done. Just waiting on my papers."
Later, he wrote, "It's out of my hands right now." Then, "I'm gonna weigh my options. Looking forward to playing for an actual 'team.'" His final post: "I'd like to be anywhere besides here."
McClain is still due three game checks totaling $171,176.47 for the last three games, a prorated portion of his $970,000 base salary for 2012. His base salary for 2013 jumps to $4.005 million in 2013, $5.805 million in 2014 and $2.665 million in 2015.
Missing from practice, though, was rookie defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, who is sick, and strong safety Tyvon Branch, who is dealing with neck and ankle issues.
Running back Darren McFadden (ankle) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring/knee) were both practicing.
Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.
The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.
The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.
Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per overthecap.com.
The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.
The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.
Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.
Okay, not really.
But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.
He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for
@derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.
Carr has yet to respond.