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(Yahoo)   Sign rookie contract for $23 million guaranteed: check. Play at a level slightly above JaWalrus levels of suck on the Raiders: check. Retire from football at 23: check. Can't say I blame the guy   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 41
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2013-05-16 08:29:50 AM
/it's hard to be a Raiders fan
 
2013-05-16 09:52:02 AM
Yet another Raiders bust, he probably is up there for biggest ones ever, but this was more self-inflicted than other big busts in the NFL.
 
2013-05-16 10:04:12 AM
Let's see...

Shiat-ton of money...
Retires before permanent and debilitating damage to body...
Can live rest of life without worry or work...

Where do I sign up?

/Yeah, he's a complete idiot though and will probably blow through the cash within 5 years
//At 6 years out, he's probably going to be doing stick-ups for rent money
 
2013-05-16 10:09:47 AM

basemetal: /it's hard to be a Raiders fan


The only consolidation I have for you is that the new management seems to realize that the "Al Davis way" only leads to headlines and seasonal failure and is determined not to repeat it.

Davis would have likely traded all those middle round picks and future high picks and tried to draft Geno "Headcase Diva" Smith who likely isn't worth it.  McKenzie did the smart thing and drafted for need and quantity.

Pretty good and "boring" draft by the Raiders this year, which is exactly what they need.
 
2013-05-16 10:11:21 AM
He'll be back by the start of season, after the gold digger runs off with all his cash.
 
2013-05-16 10:14:38 AM
JaWalrus got $32MM
McLain got $23MM

The Raiders fans got screwed over. Too many years of Al Davis drafting or signing guys with questionable work ethics and character concerns. The future looks a lot better with the current management thinking more long term.
 
2013-05-16 10:14:45 AM

SubBass49: Let's see...

Shiat-ton of money...
Retires before permanent and debilitating damage to body...
Can live rest of life without worry or work...

Where do I sign up?

/Yeah, he's a complete idiot though and will probably blow through the cash within 5 years
//At 6 years out, he's probably going to be doing stick-ups for rent money


Thats what I was thinking as well. Get out before you do permanent damage and flip em off on the way out.
 
2013-05-16 10:23:44 AM

balfourk: JaWalrus got $32MM
McLain got $23MM

The Raiders fans got screwed over. Too many years of Al Davis drafting or signing guys with questionable work ethics and character concerns. The future looks a lot better with the current management thinking more long term.


Sadly McClain was the stud MLB everyone was back then and at the time one of the least debated "Al picks" in recent memory.

/That sound you hear is all the Giants fans breathing a sigh of relief over dodging this bullet.
 
2013-05-16 10:52:27 AM
Don't hate the playa, hate the game.

Seems fitting for this situation.
 
2013-05-16 10:53:19 AM
He'll be broke in a couple of years.
 
2013-05-16 10:53:42 AM

groppet: SubBass49: Let's see...

Shiat-ton of money...
Retires before permanent and debilitating damage to body...
Can live rest of life without worry or work...

Where do I sign up?

/Yeah, he's a complete idiot though and will probably blow through the cash within 5 years
//At 6 years out, he's probably going to be doing stick-ups for rent money

Thats what I was thinking as well. Get out before you do permanent damage and flip em off on the way out.


Nah, you don't want to totally burn those bridges.  Cause you know, you might want to land a cushy job sportscasting for a major network or ESPN.
 
2013-05-16 10:54:12 AM

Ken VeryBigLiar: /That sound you hear is all the Giants fans breathing a sigh of relief over dodging this bullet.


Zombie Al Davis wants to know the 40-time of the bullet dodger...
 
2013-05-16 11:12:41 AM
He can retire  off of the money that he made at Alabama.
 
2013-05-16 11:13:13 AM
Not a Raider but nods head in approval

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2013-05-16 11:21:29 AM

InmanRoshi: He can retire  off of the money that he made at Alabama.


Are you saying he got paid by a school he didn't play for?
 
2013-05-16 11:22:26 AM

babysealclubber: InmanRoshi: He can retire  off of the money that he made at Alabama.

Are you saying he got paid by a school he didn't play for?


Ah shiat., This isn't about Jawalrus. My bad. I'll take my lumps now.
 
2013-05-16 11:28:33 AM
Football is a dangerous sport. If he has no desire to play, he is likely at even greater risk of injury. There are more important things in life than football. Dude has had tons of issues at a young age. Good on him if he really is trying to get his shiat together.
 
2013-05-16 11:38:48 AM
I thought he was a lock to have a nice long NFL career.  At Bama he was the coach on the field and ran the defense, made adjustments, unanimous first-team All-American, Lambert & Butkus award, SEC def player of the year.  Was a quirky dude but never got in trouble.  He did have some on the field incidents with fighting though
 
2013-05-16 11:43:30 AM

babysealclubber: InmanRoshi: He can retire  off of the money that he made at Alabama.

Are you saying he got paid by a school he didn't play for?


lolwut?

www1.pictures.zimbio.com
 
2013-05-16 11:55:03 AM

mediablitz: Football is a dangerous sport. If he has no desire to play, he is likely at even greater risk of injury. There are more important things in life than football. Dude has had tons of issues at a young age. Good on him if he really is trying to get his shiat together.


As someone who lives near Rolando and gets to experience his antics first hand, I can honestly say he's a two bit thug with zero interest in getting his shiat together.
 
2013-05-16 12:02:35 PM

redmid17: babysealclubber: InmanRoshi: He can retire  off of the money that he made at Alabama.

Are you saying he got paid by a school he didn't play for?

lolwut?

[www1.pictures.zimbio.com image 594x432]


As clarified in my very next comment, I thought we were on Jawalrus here.
 
2013-05-16 12:15:04 PM

basemetal: /it's hard to be a Raiders fan


Good.
 
2013-05-16 12:24:51 PM

InmanRoshi: He can retire  off of the money that he made at Alabama.


Shaq made all his money in college, everybody knows that.
 
2013-05-16 01:15:26 PM

havocmike: mediablitz: Football is a dangerous sport. If he has no desire to play, he is likely at even greater risk of injury. There are more important things in life than football. Dude has had tons of issues at a young age. Good on him if he really is trying to get his shiat together.

As someone who lives near Rolando and gets to experience his antics first hand, I can honestly say he's a two bit thug with zero interest in getting his shiat together.


Trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, despite being drafted by the Raiders.

My comment stands though: If you aren't interested in playing pro football, you are probably going to get hurt.
 
2013-05-16 01:30:26 PM
That reminds me, I wonder how Cade McNown's doing these days.
 
2013-05-16 01:31:21 PM

UNC_Samurai: InmanRoshi: He can retire  off of the money that he made at Alabama.

Shaq made all his money in college, everybody knows that.


So Blue Chips was a documentary? Cool!
 
2013-05-16 01:42:44 PM

babysealclubber: redmid17: babysealclubber: InmanRoshi: He can retire  off of the money that he made at Alabama.

Are you saying he got paid by a school he didn't play for?

lolwut?

[www1.pictures.zimbio.com image 594x432]

As clarified in my very next comment, I thought we were on Jawalrus here.


SHUT UP AND TAKE YOUR LUMPS
 
2013-05-16 01:48:54 PM
I will take $23 Million to be a legendary NFL bust.
 
2013-05-16 01:51:46 PM

The Smails Kid: babysealclubber: redmid17: babysealclubber: InmanRoshi: He can retire  off of the money that he made at Alabama.

Are you saying he got paid by a school he didn't play for?

lolwut?

[www1.pictures.zimbio.com image 594x432]

As clarified in my very next comment, I thought we were on Jawalrus here.

SHUT UP AND TAKE YOUR LUMPS


Thank you sir, may I have another?
 
2013-05-16 01:52:00 PM
Maybe he's burned out and needs some time off.
 
2013-05-16 02:57:36 PM

SlothB77: I will take $23 Million to be a legendary NFL bust.


This. If more of the players had brains and good financial planners there's be a hell of a lot more of this until the NFL figured a way to end it.
 
2013-05-16 02:58:37 PM
I'd do almost anything to have someone give me $23 million to go away.
 
2013-05-16 03:57:02 PM
I doubt he is retiring retiring.  2-3 years down the road he will try to get on someone's roster.
 
2013-05-16 04:23:01 PM
As a Ravens fan, I'm just glad he did this now, and not in August. Or October like he did in Oakland.
 
2013-05-16 04:52:50 PM
Bosworth
 
2013-05-16 05:17:42 PM
"When you come into some money, some people think you owe them and they want some of your money, but I tried to always stay true to who I am," said McClain, who grew up in Decatur, Ala., and talked about having to separate himself from his old community. "My wife has completely changed me. She's made me mellow, softer.

"I am who I am. I'll have to change my surroundings. I love my friends and my city and I won't turn my back on them. I just need to make better decisions in my life. I won't be making as many visits to Decatur."


I'm sure every single one of those cliches came straight from the heart.

/he's completely changed but he is who he is.
 
2013-05-16 06:59:01 PM
yeah but janikowski worked out great huh?
 
2013-05-17 01:02:09 AM

AliceBToklasLives: I doubt he is retiring retiring.  2-3 years down the road he will try to get on someone's roster.


He actually says that he wants to come back to the Ravens if he comes back to the NFL.
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000203089/article/rolando-mccla in -maybe-ill-play-for-ravens-one-day
 
2013-05-17 02:00:26 AM

degenerate-afro: AliceBToklasLives: I doubt he is retiring retiring.  2-3 years down the road he will try to get on someone's roster.

He actually says that he wants to come back to the Ravens if he comes back to the NFL.
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000203089/article/rolando-mccla in -maybe-ill-play-for-ravens-one-day


1) Of course he said that. The Ravens were one of the only teams to show even a modicum of interest in him.

2) As a Ravens fan I hope he takes this as an opportunity to get his head on straight, get his life in order, and then comes back and plays like everything in college said he was capable of playing in the NFL.

3) As a realistic football fan I ain't holding my breath.
 
2013-05-17 02:31:58 AM
I like how every player that comes out of the SEC is now the greatest recruit in years.
 
2013-05-17 02:41:47 AM
Here's to hoping that this starts driving NFL up-front paydays down, with a focus towards performance-based contracts that load up on the back end.
 
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