In his time with the Raiders, Matt McGloin has been a positive presence.
Though he came in as an undrafted free agent from Penn State in 2013, McGloin won a starting job as a classic overachiever. He didn’t have a rifle arm or quick feet, but he had a competitive fire that drove him to beat all odds.
Now his time with the Raiders has likely come to an end.
McGloin is one of several Raiders who can become an unrestricted free agent. He says he wants to be in a position to fight for a starting job, and with Derek Carr now locked into the starting quarterback role he has no chance in Oakland. Also, the Raiders have Connor Cook, the 2016 draftee who was forced into the lineup in the playoff loss to Houston after injuries to Carr and McGloin.
The Raiders also may bring in a veteran to back up Carr and compete with Cook for the No. 2 job.
McGloin was praised by teammates for his competitive nature, leadership skills and ability when he was pressed into service after Carr was lost for the season on Dec. 24. But his performance in the regular-season finale vs. Denver wasn’t good, and head coach Jack Del Rio decided to stay with a struggling Cook in the playoff game rather than go to McGloin.
Now, McGloin has said he wants to go “somewhere where they will give me a chance to compete for a starting role.”
McGloin is just one of several potential unrestricted Raiders free agents. The list includes running back Latavius Murray, linebacker Perry Riley Jr., defensive tackle Stacy McGee and tight end Mychal Rivera.