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Rolando McClain | Linebacker

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 259
College: Alabama

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The Baltimore Sun reports the "current plan" for ILB Rolando McClain is to report to the Ravens' offseason program as soon as Monday.
McClain caught flak for showing up to a mid-April conditioning test severely out of shape, but it's not especially surprising considering he's been away from football for nearly a year. Still only 24 years old, McClain is worth bringing to OTAs to see what he has left once he gets his fitness in order. Apr 18 - 1:28 PM

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Ravens reinstated ILB Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list.

It's likely the first step toward releasing his rights. McClain bombed his Ravens tryout on Tuesday, showing up late before failing to even finish his conditioning test. It would be very surprising if he's kept on the Ravens' 90-man roster.
Apr 17 - 5:42 PM

The conditioning test free agent ILB Rolando McClain failed for the Ravens Tuesday was an interval sprint.

The Ravens ask players to run 25 yards up and back three times, for a total of 150 yards. They're asked to do this sprint six times and hit target durations, with a one minute break in between intervals. McClain simply couldn't get through it -- and also showed up late for his workout.
Apr 16 - 9:39 AM

Retired ILB Rolando McClain worked out for the Ravens on Tuesday.

That's the good news. The bad news, according to NFL Network and the Baltimore Sun, is that McClain was not only out of shape, but showed up late. McClain just doesn't get it. Although he's still only 24, the odds are against him cracking someone's 53-man roster this season.
Apr 15 - 8:13 PM

Retired ILB Rolando McClain will meet with Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome on Friday.

McClain is meeting with Newsome to "discuss a possible future" in Baltimore, but it's possible he'll be granted his release. The Ravens still own McClain's rights following his abrupt 2013 "retirement." "I’m excited about the game again," McClain said. "I’m excited to play. I’m excited to be around some damn teammates." McClain was a major bust before hanging up his cleats, but is still only 24 years old. He should at least be able to crack someone's offseason roster, perhaps even Baltimore's.
Apr 3 - 11:39 PM

The Carroll County Times reports free agent ILB Rolando McClain has begun informing "people" that he's planning a comeback.

McClain turns 25 in July. The former top-eight overall draft pick spent 2013 out of football to finish his degree at Alabama and get his life back together. McClain could draw some interest as a camp tryout on a one-year, minimum-salary deal. In all likelihood, McClain's money ran out during his year "off."
Mar 10 - 1:29 PM

"Retired" LB Rolando McClain's agent believes he "ultimately" wants to play again.

"He's only 24 years old," McClain's rep said. "He's talented. It's just a shame. It was such a great situation there in Baltimore." The Ravens retain McClain's rights, but would likely release them if he gets serious about returning. It's a long-shot that McClain ever appears in another NFL game.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 03:42:00 PM

Retired LB Rolando McClain pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges on Tuesday.

The charges date to an arrest made back on April 21, in McClain's hometown of Decatur, Alabama. By all accounts, McClain is making a serious effort to get his life back on track since retiring from the NFL, and re-enrolling in school at Alabama. These charges aren't overly serious, and we still anticipate McClain trying to re-enter the league at some point in the future.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 10:30:00 AM

Retired linebacker Rolando McClain has re-enrolled at the University of Alabama.

In a media Q&A, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban revealed that McClain is back in school. When he retired last month, McClain said he was focused on getting his "personal life together." It appears McClain is doing just that by attempting to earn his degree before potentially returning to the NFL.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 08:24:00 PM

ILB Rolando McClain says he retired in order to focus on "getting my personal life together."

"Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions," McClain said. "Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together. Beyond that, I'm not sure what the future holds for me, including football. This was entirely my decision and the Ravens have been very supportive during this process. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and wish them the best of luck in the future. God willing, maybe I'll play for them one day." Good for McClain. If he is truthfully trying to right his wrongs, we may not have seen the last of the 23-year-old.
Thu, May 16, 2013 05:33:00 PM

A source tells Profootballtalk that retired ILB Rolando McClain "wants to focus solely on getting himself together before continuing his football career."

In other words, McClain will be back in the NFL -- perhaps next season -- if he can keep himself out of trouble and take care of all of his legal issues. The Ravens have offered to be a resource for McClain, and they'll stash him on the reserve/retired list in order to have him under contract once/if he returns. The tough part for McClain is going to be the whole staying out of trouble thing.
Wed, May 15, 2013 09:31:00 PM

A source close to Rolando McClain insisted to Yahoo Sports that McClain is serious about retirement at age 23.

"He has no desire to play, none whatsoever," said the source. "When he told me, I was sort of caught off guard and sort of not. You stop for a second and say, 'Wait, how could you quit?' But then you think again and say, 'He didn’t like doing it.'" We don't doubt McClain is serious about retirement at this moment, but he could easily rediscover the "itch" when he runs out of money.
Wed, May 15, 2013 06:57:00 PM

Ravens placed ILB Rolando McClain on the reserve/retired list.

"Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL," GM Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list." It's a bizarre ending to a tumultuous career, but likely a false one. McClain doesn't turn 24 until July, and is only 37 months removed from being the No. 8 pick of the 2010 draft. He has numerous unresolved legal issues, however, and was facing release had he not "retired." If McClain can't get his life and career on track, he'll finish with just 244 tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble across 41 games. The Ravens are moving forward with second-rounder Arthur Brown, Jameel McClain, Albert McClellan, and Josh Bynes at inside linebacker.
Wed, May 15, 2013 01:04:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports there's "still a real chance" the Ravens release troubled ILB Rolando McClain.

Assistant GM Eric DeCosta appeared to be greasing the skids for McClain to stay when he said the Ravens believed McClain deserved "a second chance," but he was apparently referring to the initial signing. Regardless of the semantics of DeCosta's statement, the fact that McClain has yet to be cut is a victory for his football future in and of itself. If the Ravens were dead-set on moving on, they would have already done so.
Tue, May 7, 2013 07:15:00 PM

Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta said the team thinks ILB Rolando McClain "warrants a second chance."

It's uncertain if McClain has already used that "second chance," since he was arrested three weeks ago for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. McClain has plenty of skill as a two-down linebacker, and the Ravens likely want to see him on the field at least for OTAs in two weeks before cutting ties with him.
Mon, May 6, 2013 07:47:00 PM

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