Rolando McClain’s court case for assault with a deadly weapon did not last long. McClain, who allegedly pointed a gun at a man’s head last November, was found guilty of the charges today after a codefendant agreed to a plea and agreed to testify against him. McClain has been sentenced to 6 months in jail, though he will appeal the ruling. It’s unclear when he’ll start his jail sentence and if he’ll actually serve the whole 6 months, but it’s very possible, if not definite, that McClain will get a suspension from Roger Goodell on top of any jail time. We may not see McClain play a snap in 2012.
If he were to miss the season or a large portion of it, it would be yet another blow to a new Raiders front office team that is trying to compete in spite of the consequences of the previous front office’s shortsightedness. The Raiders did not have a non-compensatory draft pick in the first 4 rounds this year and didn’t have the cap freedom to do anything in free agency. They also had to cut 3 starters, Kamerion Wimbley, Stanford Routt, and Kevin Boss, for cap reasons.
McClain’s loss would be another huge blow to a defense that has already lost Nnamdi Asomugha (their top cornerback), Kamerion Wimbley (their top pass rusher), and Stanford Routt (a starting cornerback) in the last 2 offseasons. The inexperienced Travis Goethel is expected to step in for McClain at middle linebacker. The Raiders could have one of the worst defenses in the league this year.