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Is Rolando McClain a Possibility for the Vikings?


The thought crossed my mind for maybe a second. When word came down that Rolando McClain would be waived by the Raiders. For maybe just a second I thought, I wonder if the Vikings… But then I cut myself off. No way, I thought to myself. Not this incredible head case. Sure he has talent and sure the Vikes have a hole in the linebacker corps. But Rolando McClain?

But now I have to wonder again. Because on Friday the same idea was raised to Tom Pelissero on Twitter. A follower asked him about McClain and surprisingly Pelissero did not outright dismiss the notion. Pelissero went on to say:

McClain is still only 23 years old, has 38 NFL starts under his belt. Gets kicked around a lot but there’s a reason he was a top-10 pick.

But:

To be clear: I don’t think Vikings sign him. But someone will.

It’s true McClain has problems. He has been arrested multiple times and he ended last season suspended after conduct detrimental to the team. But it’s also true that McClain has a ton of talent and in the right scheme with the right support system could flourish. In Minnesota he’d have the support of some pretty solid defensive coaches including Alan Williams, Fred Pagac and Mike Singletary. Not to mention Leslie Frazier himself.

I know the Vikings coaching staff failed with headcase Percy Harvin but I think there were special circumstances there. Harvin’s issues were mostly with quarterback Christian Ponder, who came in after Percy had already established himself as an alpha dog. Harvin couldn’t coexist with Popgun Ponder and one of the two had to go. The NFL being the NFL, the Vikings chose the QB over the WR. McClain would be different. He would be coming in looking for a second chance. He would be joining a youngish roster yes, but one with a pretty strong veteran backbone. I think – maybe – it could work with McClain.

Of course you would be signing him to a very small “show me” sort of contract. So there wouldn’t be a ton of money at stake. I’m still not predicting this, but I think the possibility has to be considered. And if it worked out you would have yourself a heck of a football player and a much stronger defense.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/BigOdd Charles Stocks

    We gave Jerome Simpson another 1-year “show me” kind of contract, why not McClain? At worst he’d just be a stop gap while our rookie LBs get acclimated

    • http://twitter.com/rovibe71 Rob

      Because McClain gets in more trouble and is even less productive than Simpson. They have to draw the line somewhere.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BigOdd Charles Stocks

        They could always cut him in camp if it’s not looking good. I mean he will not be drawing top dollar. Something around league minimum is all he’s going to get. Low risk, high reward

        • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

          They should focus their charity cases on Ponder’s receivers since that is a hopeless cause anyway.

          • http://www.facebook.com/BigOdd Charles Stocks

            They have a solid plan in place….Draft another couple WRs, if Ponder sucks, play Cassel, then go after the best QB in next years draft. MLB remains a huge need. Won’t hurt to take a look at Mcclain. Remember also that McClain was playing for the Raiders, never wanted to be there in the first place, and is still only 23 years old. Or maybe Karlos Dansby if we want an older more reliable guy with less upside

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

            The Vikings have a solid plan, EXCEPT at QB, because they have to cover their butts after reaching with the 12th overall pick to draft Ponder (I believe Wilf made them replace Favre with whatever they could get in the draft). Ponder is so weak and sensitive they have to get a backup QB Cassel with an equally weak arm that can’t compete with him. It doesn’t matter what WRs they get, the lack of a deep threat will mean defenders will flood the underneath zones to cover even the short passes. On the other issue, I think the Vikings will prefer Urlacher to McClain as a mentor for Teo.

          • http://www.facebook.com/BigOdd Charles Stocks

            No way i’m suggesting McClain as a mentor for anyone lol. I think I outlined the Ponder plan quite clearly in my previous post^^ He gets one more year to prove himself BECAUSE he was the #12 pick and we can’t just throw him away without giving him a few more weapons to throw too. I think you may be completely right about him as a player, but we’re not going to draft another QB this year. If he doesn’t work out, then we’ll draft a QB in the first next year and he will have several pieces in place to help him succeed. How would you suggest that they proceed differently with our CURRENT QB situation (not drafting Ponder in the first place is not a possible answer lol)

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

            I would bring in a QB that can compete with Ponder. There are many available better than Cassel. KC fans cheered when Cassel got injured. Old man Favre had the arm to kick both their butts.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

            I listed the free agent QBs as ranked by Walter Football:

            1Kevin Kolb
            2Matt Moore
            3Ryan Fitzpatrick
            4Matt Cassel
            5Matt Hasselbeck
            6Jason Campbell
            7Brian Hoyer
            8David Garrard
            9Dennis Dixon
            10Tarvaris Jackson
            11Charlie Batch
            12Rex Grossman

            I didnt realize they were this terrible. The draft is also weak this year. I would travel down to Mississippi again.

          • http://www.facebook.com/BigOdd Charles Stocks

            The only guys on that list that are still available are Brian Hoyer and Charlie Batch (who will retire if he isn’t resigned by the Steelers). There’s really no reason to think that Ponder won’t improve with a more stable group of receivers this year. I’m starting to think that you really have no clue as to what’s going on in the NFL. You should be running the Browns seeing as how you are so willing to give up on first round QB’s so quickly

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

            I beginning to think you can’t read. I said “I didnt realize they were this terrible…..I would travel down to Mississippi again.”

          • http://www.facebook.com/BigOdd Charles Stocks

            I must be daft, because I can’t seem to understand your point or what you were trying to say. I still have no idea why you would post a list of unavailable FA QB’s. Anyhow, you may as well get on team Ponder for a little while at least, he is our guy for now. I imagine you were being facetious when you suggested asking Favre to come back.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

            I posted the FA QBs to show how bad they are this year. So bad even Ponder looks decent, even though he isn’t, and Favre looks great.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

        How could anyone be worse than Simpson for getting into trouble (convicted of a Felony) and productity (26 catches for 274 yards with no TDs) ???

        • http://twitter.com/rovibe71 Rob

          Simple, you simpleton. Go look at McClain’s history of issues with the Raiders, count how many issues he’s had, then compare that to Sinmpson’s ONE screw up. Next, Look up McClain’s virtually non-existent stats, and compare those to Simpson’s. Simpson is clearly the better player, and only a clown would deny that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

            Getting offensive doesn’t help your case. Jody Arias only had ONE screw up also. Even 10 misdemeanors doesn’t make you a felon.
            McClain’s stats don’t matter. I don’t care if he sat on the bench all year. Simpson’s stats were so insignificant last year, a starting split end with 274 yards and no TDs, you couldn’t do much worse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

    The Vikings need to draft Teo and sign Urlacher, a cover 2 MLB who is rated at 82 by Scouting Inc (the same rating as Vikings OLB Greenway). MLB McClain is rated only 75 (the same as Vikings OLB Erin Henderson).

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.laxen Daniel Laxen

      WRONG!…Too much for too little…He’s had more and more trouble staying on the field t!

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

        RIGHT!….Not too much, since the Vikings have said his price will need to come way down…..Urlacher doesn’t need to be on the field all of the time since he needs to be mentoring Teo!
        Like they should have had Favre do with Ponder or better yet a QB with some arm strength!

        • http://twitter.com/rovibe71 Rob

          This is where you lose ALL credibility. Urlacher is so washed up the Bears practically threw him out. He’s had so many injuries he can barely run anymore. But you are so in love with the name you are convinced he can still help this team. They’d be better off still having Brinkley at MLB than a washed up Urlacher.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

            NONSENSE!!! The Bears offered Urlacher $2 million per year to play for them.

  • Brian Howden

    Good luck. McClain is a selfish a$$hole that does not care about football. He will never succeed wherever he ends up.

  • jp

    With the disciplinary coach singletary. Mcclain is an option. Incentive laiden contract driven on plays and tackes. There is plenty of upside here, rondo is only 23. Mold him but still draft a linebacker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.laxen Daniel Laxen

    The Vikings have been going with morally balanced people as of late…Just can’t see em’ taking a shot with this guy…He has been nothing but trouble…The Vikings made the playoffs with those horrible WRs and a healthy Simpson should fine? Precise route running by Jennings will help Ponder excel down field…Draft defensively for the upcoming seasons outdoors…There is also WRs in the 3rd 4th and 5th rounds of the draft…

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.frank.545 Todd Frank

    if we draft manti teo, i’m gonna be pi$$ed…minter or brown are the two guys we better be looking heavily at. teo’s an idiot, and ogletree will probably be off the board…my personal opinion, if cordarelle patterson isnt at us at 23, we draft a LB then a DT…then grab a WR in the second round, and trade into the 2nd with a couple picks and go after the Honey Badger…..that would be 4 legit starters in 2 rounds….not a lot of teams can say that…