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What's Next for Rolando McClain After Bizarre Fallout with Oakland Raiders?

NAPA, CA - AUGUST 01:  Rolando McClain #55 of the Oakland Raiders works out during the Raiders training camp at their Napa Valley Training Complex on August 1, 2010 in Napa, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2016

Rolando McClain needs to decide if he wants to play in the NFL.

After his latest bizarre antics with the Oakland Raiders, he may not get another chance unless he completely turns his life around.

On Wednesday, McClain lost his mind, posting this message, per NFL Network's Ian Rappoport:

An hour ago, Rolando McClain posted this on his Facebook wall: "Officially no longer an Oakland Raider!!"

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 28, 2012

 

One day later, head coach Dennis Allen said this, per ESPN News Services: "There's going to be consequences to his actions and it's a team-related issue. I don't really want to get into the details of it. We asked him not to come to practice today."

John Clayton reports that McClain will be released by the Raiders, per the same report. 

McClain's troubles started back in the beginning of December, 2011. He was involved in an altercation in which he allegedly fired a gun and assaulted a man. He was originally sentenced to 180 days in jail—charges which were later dropped after he won an appeal.

Since then, the talented linebacker out of Alabama has struggled on the field.

According to the ESPN News Services report:

After being essentially an every down player for the first two years of his career, McClain was demoted after the first month of this season. He was replaced by rookie Miles Burris in nickel packages because of his struggles in pass coverage and because the coaching staff believed he tired too easily playing every down. He has gone from playing more than 90 percent of defensive snaps to just over half the past seven games.

It was obvious to me watching him play this season that he wasn't as committed to football as he needed to be to stay competitive. 

It's not like McClain doesn't have the talent to be an every-down linebacker. It was only two years ago that the Raiders took him with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft—a high pick for an inside linebacker, and one reserved for players who can contribute on every down.

Unfortunately, he has spiraled down into what appears to be a murky abyss—one that will take serious commitment and life-altering choices to get out of and earn the chance to play in the NFL again. 

If there's one thing we know about the NFL, though, it's that players can turn their lives around. And when they do, there will always be a team willing to give them another chance to produce on the football field. 

Whether or not McClain makes a triumphant return next year with another team will be entirely up to him. He's got to fight for his NFL life to make it happen, though. Of that I'm sure. 

 

Follow me on Twitter @JesseReed78 and check out my weekly NFL picks at Pickfactor.com.

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