The Raiders have had some bad luck in the past about not being able to get players in camp on time, but they are hoping the words below from first round pick LB Rolando McClain come true. McClain says he will not be a rookie holdout, and will be in camp on time.
“I’m not looking to sit out,” McClain told the Decatur Daily. “In order to play for the team, I need to be in training camp. I’m going to OTAs and not worried about the contract.”
McClain did acknowledge that negotiations have yet to begin.
“We haven’t started contract talks,” said the 2009 Butkus Award winner. “I’m not sure where we are on that. I leave that to (agent) Pat Dye Jr. and the Raiders. I just play football.”
Based on Monroe’s deal, McClain is likely looking at a rookie contract worth some $36 million with at least $20 million guaranteed.