The former eighth overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2010 NFL Draft, Rolando McClain, was released this past Friday due to under performance and his constant off the field issues. During his short time with the Raiders, he played in 41 games with 244 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and 6.5 sacks.
With the Baltimore Ravens short on experience at the inside linebacker position, one would assume that it would be alright for the Ravens to bring him in and kick the tires. Well that isn’t a good idea. For starters, the Ravens just had an offseason where Anquan Boldin and Ed Reed left the building, not to mention the leader Ray Lewis just retired.
Losing leaders like that on your football team and replacing them with a player who has had multiple issues that may be more than the Ravens can handle sends a bad message to the locker room and what kind of priorities the Ravens may have. The Ravens are in a phase where they are trying to find their identity with quality players leaving the team. Even though they just won it all, what the Ravens just accomplished could be washed away in an instant with a player like that.
With the Ravens, they have made it clear that they want to upgrade their front seven, and I’m not sure that adding a player like McClain will do much of that when he played linebacker for a team that was ranked 18th in the NFL in run defense allowing 118.6 yards per game.
As the usual, look for the Ravens to build through the draft at inside linebacker where they have been notorious for finding gems.