In a move we wrote would happen almost two months ago, the Raiders finally cut middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who had more trouble getting out of the way of legal trouble than running backs.

What took so long? Oakland would say it was giving his agent a chance to shop around for a trade, but it wasn’t doing McClain any favors. They cut safety Michael Huff and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey at the start of the free agency to give them a better chance to find a new team.

McClain was the No. 8 overall pick in 2010 and with his departure, Darren McFadden is now the only Raiders first-round pick still on the team’s roster since 2001.

The Raiders signed free agent linebacker Nick Roach to take over the middle, but that had no bearing on McClain’s future with the team. He was essentially gone at the end of last season.

The middle linebacker was suspended by the Raiders for two games last November for conduct detrimental to the team, and then didn’t play in the last three games. (McClain was further punished by having to be the scout-team running back in practice.) McClain wasn’t cut then only due to salary cap reasons, general manager Reggie McKenzie said in January.

The Raiders can now spread out the $7.26 million dead-money salary-cap hit over two seasons.