After being released by the Oakland Raiders on Friday, it seemed that Rolando McClain would not sign with another team for quite some time. Turns out, his unemployment period did not last very long at all. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a contract with the three year veteran. He also reported that the deal is a one year contract worth about $700,000 with possible incentives.
Suprisingly, five NFL teams were pursuing him before he made his decision to go to the Ravens. Three of those teams were so interested they even made offers after he cleared waivers on Monday. However, it appears the Ravens gave McClain what he was looking for.
So, what does this signing mean? Well, after the departures of inside linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Ray Lewis, the Ravens are in need of two players to fill those spots. Because of their 3-4 scheme, inside linebackers are a major part of that defense, and they believe that McClain can fit in one of those spots.
In contrast, I’m not sure if that’s a very smart move. Rolando McClain, a former eighth overall pick, has struggled mightily on and off field over the past two seasons, and this culminated this past season as he was suspended last season for conduct detrimental to the team. After returning, McClain was quickly demoted from the starting lineup due to poor play.
Ultimately, the Ravens took all of this information into account before making this decision and still felt it was the right move to make. If John Harbaugh can turn McClain around and get good play out of him this upcoming season, it will be a testament to his coaching abilities. If he cannot, this could be McClain’s last year in the NFL.