Million dollar talent...ten cent head.
How many more chances is this dufus gonna get? Not like the injury flags werent beginning to pile up, even before he and mamma went wild on some guy.
Owners will have to sit tight, non-owners will be pointing and laughing right now - can't say as i blame em none, either.
My money would be on Stupar as potential replacement over Goethel, but i know they like Gothel, so it'll likely end up as a camp battle to watch ... they could even go for an LBBC of sorts. 2 downs with an LB and then use an exclusive DB set on passing downs. Not like they dont have a DBs on the roster that could be aggressive tacklers in the box as well as play coverage. Stupars not the sort of caliber of LB we've come to expect from Penn St, but hes fundamentally sound if a little clunky.
Whichever route they go it may well end up as good thing to get some practice in for when McClains ankle gets gimpy again, anyway *sigh*
There IS another window of opportunity on the horizon should either option not prove to be viable during roster cuts. Not ideal, but its there. Either that or their legal team is happy enough and the FO confident enough that between reduced time served and in-house options they can wait till next year when they have more draft picks to use. This year they were somewhat hamstrung after their previous trades from prior years.
Im no lawyer, but id guess McClain might be incarcerated for what? Half of his sentence, maybe less? So thats 3 months out (Mid May right now) - he'll be back by mid August. He wont miss all that much regular time. BUT// Staying in shape and match fitness will be a very real issue. He'll only get limited time in the yard and theres only so much he'll be able to work on with the facilities there and lack of personnel and equipment - even in a min sec facility.
So unless you can get the add on the ultra cheap i really wouldn't worry all that much about it.
McClain will be the same rollercoaster fitness ride next season, but he will play the majority of next season's games. Branch owners are the only real winners here.
Id expect a draft pick next season aimed at resolving this