Oakland Raiders Linebacker Rolando McClain Remains in the East Bay for Now

Last week, Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was the talk of Raider Nation after he was found guilty on charges of assault, reckless endangerment, menacing and wrongful discharge of a firearm and was subsequently sentenced to 180 days in jail.

A number of fans felt that this serious issue—coupled with his less-than-stellar performance on the field—would lead new general manager Reggie McKenzie to quickly cut ties with McClain, especially since the team is on the brink of a new era.

Head coach Dennis Allen explained earlier this month about he wants in a player, as well as what it means to be a Raider. He remarked, "Here's what's struck me about this team a little bit—you kind of have had the picture of the outlaw, renegade Raiders, and that's not the case."

He added, "We're not looking for a team full of choir boys.But we are looking for guys that are going to be dependable on the field and that we can also depend on off the field ... I think that kind of goes hand in hand. Usually, guys of good character, there's a faith-based background to the way they were brought up."

McClain seems to be missing the mark in a number of ways, and while I do believe everyone deserves a second chance, I don't think that chance should come as a detriment to the team. Chances are, he could find a new home rather quickly. Perhaps with the Baltimore Ravens?

Last year, more than a few considered McClain to be the poster boy for the team's biggest weakness, obviously referring to the Raiders' defense in 2011. In addition, Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com, said it well when he noted that McClain "has shown poor instincts in reading plays, often attacking the wrong gap. He is too easily re-directed while in pursuit. He seemingly has a hard time shedding blocks. And replays show he gives up on plays too easily. Angles? Scouts scoff at them."

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