Baltimore Ravens Take a Small Chance With LB Rolando McClain

By Andrew Fisher

Rolando McClain became another victim of the Oakland Raiders cleaning house, but it might have been the best thing for his career. Now, instead of wilting away with a bad team, McClain has signed with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

“It’s a move that can’t go wrong and I’m looking forward to playing in Baltimore as the Ravens run the same or very similar defense as I was a part of at the University of Alabama,” said McClain.

Obviously, McClain has been a huge bust after going in the top-10 three years back, but now he’s been given a clean slate. Expectations won’t even be close to as high, and he’s correct in saying that this is a move that can’t go wrong. Although, that’s only applicable to the Ravens.

Baltimore signed McClain to a one-year deal worth $700k in base salary. (Talk about a bargain for a former lottery pick.) This move cannot go wrong for the Ravens, because if he doesn’t pan out, who cares. He’s a player that should have little-to-no expectations, and any positive production, will just be a bonus.

McClain has a past checkered with character issues, and a reputation of a guy who’s no good in pass coverage. He’ll have to overcome both of those things to stay on the Ravens’ payroll. The margin of error will be slim for the linebacker, but if he behaves and works hard, he’ll have a very good new home.

This is a huge opportunity for McClain, and a potential steal for the defending champs.


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