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#1 FutureBillsGM

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:42 PM

Reports (and his own Facebook posts) say that Rolando McClain will be released by the Raiders this week.  He had a ton of talent and upside at one point (#8 pick in the draft) and heard that he did not fit well with Dennis Allen from a friend in Oakland but has a short history of underperforming and shooting guns during fights.  He did have 99 tackles and 5 sacks last year and is only 23 years old.  With the state of our linebackers, what do we think?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:46 PM

View PostFutureBillsGM, on 28 November 2012 - 07:42 PM, said:

Reports (and his own Facebook posts) say that Rolando McClain will be released by the Raiders this week.  He had a ton of talent and upside at one point (#8 pick in the draft) and heard that he did not fit well with Dennis Allen from a friend in Oakland but has a short history of underperforming and shooting guns during fights.  He did have 99 tackles and 5 sacks last year and is only 23 years old.  With the state of our linebackers, what do we think?
Will he be allowed to use a gun while filling the MLB slot?  That might be what Sheppard needs to stop RBs in the hole.

#3 KollegeStudnet

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:47 PM

I say 50/50...the dude has baggage

Edit: he played with Dareus. @ 'Bama

Edited by KollegeStudnet, 28 November 2012 - 07:54 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

Can he cover a tight end?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

I'd go for it but the FO only wants boy scouts.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:55 PM

Yes please!  Maybe Dareus could help him and vice versa.  Our lbs are the weakest link and adding a former top 10 pick can't hurt

Edited by section122, 28 November 2012 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:57 PM

Wanny's specialty is LB's...... :w00t:

Sure, why not.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:02 PM

he'd have to clear waivers....

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:03 PM

I liked this guy coming out.   I am in favor of giving it a shot, unless, of course, he has a substance abuse problem.  Remember, ignorance can be cured, but stupid is forever.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:05 PM

Right, he would need to clear waivers.  From what I saw in the Cali papers, it looks like he'd be owed next to nothing this year, around 4 million next year, 6 million in 2014 and 2.3 million or so in 2015.  Someone would have to pick up that contract off waivers or he becomes a free agent.  I'd almost take a chance as a $4 million linebacker is a borderline starer on many teams.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:11 PM

View PostFutureBillsGM, on 28 November 2012 - 07:42 PM, said:

Reports (and his own Facebook posts) say that Rolando McClain will be released by the Raiders this week.  He had a ton of talent and upside at one point (#8 pick in the draft) and heard that he did not fit well with Dennis Allen from a friend in Oakland but has a short history of underperforming and shooting guns during fights.  He did have 99 tackles and 5 sacks last year and is only 23 years old.  With the state of our linebackers, what do we think?
:thumbsup:

View PostRob, on 28 November 2012 - 07:51 PM, said:

I'd go for it but the FO only wants boy scouts.
:doh: :lol:

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:12 PM

Yes to Rolando McClain. I'd bring in Aaron Curry for a tryout as well. It would be great to address the LB position before the draft allowing the Bills to focus on other areas like QB and DB. Kudos to Buddy for putting in waiver claim for Babin!

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:22 PM

View Postpapazoid, on 28 November 2012 - 08:02 PM, said:

he'd have to clear waivers....
does he have to clear waivers or is his salary just too high?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:28 PM

Sure

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:52 PM

View Postthe skycap, on 28 November 2012 - 08:12 PM, said:

Yes to Rolando McClain. I'd bring in Aaron Curry for a tryout as well. It would be great to address the LB position before the draft allowing the Bills to focus on other areas like QB and DB. Kudos to Buddy for putting in waiver claim for Babin!

Crazy that McClain and Curry have been busts. Everyone thought those guys were can't-miss picks.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:55 PM

McClain was an absolute beast in the championship against Colt McCoy and the Longhorns.  I'm shocked he's not a quality NFL LB.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:55 PM

Hmm the raiders release two LBs when their defense sucks and we want to sign them.

Does McLain get to keep his gun?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:00 PM

I would take McClain in a hot second.  My guess is that Hoody would as well. A team with the dearth of talent at LB that we have simply cannot ignore players like that who come free.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:18 PM

View PostJR In Ann Arbor, on 28 November 2012 - 08:52 PM, said:



Crazy that McClain and Curry have been busts. Everyone thought those guys were can't-miss picks.

Hawk was also a let down
Sims is another top 10 43 lb that let down.


High bust rate

Mayos good not great
Keith rivers?

That's your non pass rushers from 2005 to a year ago (only missing LK because he's only played 10 games)

Edited by NoSaint, 28 November 2012 - 09:28 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:32 PM

Id definitely kick the tires on him, still has lots of talent and we could use all the help we can get.





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