The paper explains that McClain’s $7.26 million dead-money salary-cap hit could then be spread over two seasons. For a team tight against the salary cap, that is important.
It has been expected for months that the middle linebacker -- taken with the No. 8 pick overall in the 2010 draft -- would be cut. McClain, 23, was suspended two games by the Raiders for detrimental conduct, then didn’t play once the suspension was lifted.
McClain has been a major disappointment on the field and in the locker room, and he has been arrested twice in less than two years.
Meanwhile, Oakland free-agent linebacker Phillip Wheeler told the Chronicle he is unsure if he will return to the Raiders. He is one of the team’s top priorities.
Also, the Browns reportedly plan to show interest in Oakland defensive tackle Desmond Bryant when free agency begins. Bryant could be hot on the open market.