Rolando McClain Retires Before Playing a Single Game For Baltimore Ravens

By Dan Parzych
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Three years in the NFL and Rolando McClain is already calling it an NFL career.

The Baltimore Ravens announced on Wednesday that McClain has made the decision to retire from the NFL–which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the defensive star can’t manage to stay out of trouble with the law. The fact that McClain has been arrested three times already since the Oakland Raiders selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft shows just how mature of an individual he really is and it’s a shame he couldn’t manage to stay out of trouble considering how much the Ravens could use him on defense.

Despite entering the 2013 season as defending Super Bowl champions, Baltimore lost numerous key players on defense and they could be in for a rude awakening next year as they look to adjust to life without Ray Lewis. There was a reason why the Raiders were done dealing with the former first-round pick’s off the field issues and it’s a shame to see the Ravens won’t even get a chance to see McClain suit up for the 2013 season.

He may claim to be retired, but it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he ended up changing his mind down the road when it comes to giving the NFL another shot. Either way, this news comes as bit of a surprise considering how much hype there was surrounding McClain joining Baltimore and now–they won’t even know what he was capable of on their defense.

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