2010 NFL Training Camp: Rookie Rolando McClain Signs With Oakland

Rookie linebacker Rolando McClain agreed to a deal with the Oakland Raiders late last night. This happened hours before the team started their first training camp practice.

McClain was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and is third first-round pick to sign a contract and highest to do so.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com Insider, the contract the linebacker out of Alabama signed was believed to be a five-year $40 million deal along with $23 million guaranteed.

Other first-round picks that have been signed were Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots.

With McClain now signed, Oakland enters training camp with all nine of their rookies signed under contract. The Raiders are trying to make things different this year, unlike two years ago when they let their first-round pick JaMarcus Russell go into a holdout.

They are going to take none of that from McClain or any other rookie. They want to get things done on time, fast and sharp.

Last year's first-round pick in Darrius Heyward-Bey missed training camp, but only the first day. This happened one year ago. Rolando McClain hopefully will show something different for Oakland.

The Raiders now have other great key offseason additions to their defense other than McClain. They also picked up John Henderson, LaMarr Houston, and Kamerion Wimbley.

Looks to be an interesting year for Raider football.


Josh Dhani is an NFL columnist for Bleacher Report. You can see more of his work at nflcommentary.blogspot.com.

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