Raiders waive Rolando McClain

Raiders waive Rolando McClain
April 5, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Rolando McClain recorded 244 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in three seasons with the Raiders. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Raiders cut former first-round draft pick and middle linebacker Rolando McClain Friday, the team announced on Twitter:

McClain released the following statement to

"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. I will miss my teammates and wish them and the Raiders organization good luck going forward."

McClain, 23, was the No. 8 overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft.

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After 41 career NFL games, McClain has as many off-field arrests as he does forced fumbles and interceptions combined. He was arrested in January of 2011 for allegedly firing a gun next to a man's head, and again in January of 2013 when he was arrested after giving a false name to a police office during a routine traffic stop.