Owings Mills, MD (Sports Network) - Less than a week after being released by
the Oakland Raiders, Rolando McClain has apparently found a new home.
The linebacker and former first-round pick has agreed to a one-year contract
with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, with NFL.com reporting the pact
to be for $700,000 with additional incentives.
McClain is scheduled to take a physical in Baltimore on Friday, at which time
the deal will become official.
The 23-year-old was released by Oakland on April 5 following a disappointing
and turbulent three-year tenure with the Raiders, who selected the ex-Alabama
star with the eighth overall selection of the 2010 draft. McClain was
suspended for two games late last season after clashing with head coach Dennis
Allen, then was declared an inactive for Oakland's final three contests.
McClain did start nine of the 11 games he played in during 2012 and recorded
62 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. He set career bests with five
sacks and 99 stops while making 14 starts the previous year.
The Ravens need to replace both starting inside linebackers from last year's
championship squad, with team leader Ray Lewis now retired and Dannell Ellerbe
signing with Miami as a free agent last month.
"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," McClain told the Madison (AL) Weekly News on
The Sports Network