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For a guy that sure hasn’t done much in the league besides get himself in trouble and let offenses burn him, former Raiders LB Rolando McClain had quite the hosting.
A few hours after he went unclaimed on waivers Monday, McClain reportedly had several teams interested and already three offers on the table.
Rolando McClain was waived by the Raiders Friday afternoon. (AP Photo)
One of the three offers was from the Baltimore Ravens, and he’s nearing a deal to join the defending Super Bowl Champs.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this morning that the two sides are working on a deal that would make McClain a Raven, taking over for Hall of Fame Linebacker Ray Lewis. From the report, they’ll be meeting today to finalize a few issues, and McClain would join the team.
McClain stems from an Alabama defense that both NT Terrence Cody and LB Courtney Upshaw were a part of, both picks of GM Ozzie Newsome, who is an Alabama graduate himself.
He was drafted eighth overall in 2010 where he disappointed for the Raiders for many years, accounting for just 246 tackles and 6.5 sacks over three years.
The Raiders’ scheme has changed over the course of three seasons, but McClain could never grasp any of them. He says that joining the Ravens will help him be successful because the type of defense they play is similar to what made him a collegiate standout at Alabama.
“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 Madison Weekly News reporter Bob Labbe, via NFL.com. ”Ray Lewis retired after winning the Super Bowl and I look to fill his slot. No one can fill his shoes, but I can fill his slot. I just want to fill out the shoes of Rolando McClain. This is a perfect fit for me personally.
His off the field issues were deciding factors in his release from Oakland as well. He has had several run-ins with the law resulting in several arrests.
For the Ravens’ sake, McClain needs to be motivated, and the change of scenery may help him. But if he acts anything like he did during his time in Oakland, he’ll be looking for another job before he knows it.
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It was reported earlier today that former Raiders’ linebacker Rolando McClain cleared waivers.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, McClain has already received three offers, with two other teams also interested.
On Rolando McClain: Already has 3 offers, 2 other teams interested. Should be quick. Thanks to the head-start from his agent seeking a trade
— Ian Rapoport...
On Wednesday the Ravens announced the signing of linebacker Rolando McClain. McClain was cut lose by the Raiders recently after on and off the field issues.
The deal between the Ravens and McClain is worth $700,000 and includes incentives for playing-time.
McClain was drafted by the Raiders with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He has struggled in passing situations and...
Former Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain is looking forward to starting over with a new NFL team soon. Right now it looks like that team will be the Ravens.
McClain recently moved to a different town in Alabama to get away from the influences that have been around him since he’s was a child.
“As a kid and young adult you make mistakes and I have made some,” he said. “I...
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, former Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
Former #Raiders LB Rolando McClain went unclaimed on waivers, I’m told. So, he’s a free agent.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2013
It will be interesting to see which teams end up showing interest in McClain.
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I am not big on excuses. I am not big on using religion, as a reason for your good or bad accomplishments. Sometimes you just have to man up and blame yourself.
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But, here is how linebacker Rolando McClain explained his multiple off the field issues, while he was with the Raiders.
“As a kid and young adult you make mistakes and I have made...
The Ravens were looking for linebackers. It just so happens a former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders was available.
Baltimore agreed to terms with inside linebacker Rolando McClain, according to multiple reports.
McClain, 23, has been in the league for three seasons and wore out his welcome with the Raiders.
The Baltimore Ravens need a middle linebacker, and former Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain needs a job. Sounds like a good marriage, and throw in Ozzie Newsome’s Alabama ties, and you have a possible wedding.
Adam Schefter is reporting that the Ravens are nearing a deal to sign the middle linebacker McClain.
Former Raiders LB Rolando McClain is nearing deal with Ravens. Two...
The Baltimore Ravens are nearing a deal with former Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Former Raiders LB Rolando McClain is nearing deal with Ravens. Two sides scheduled to talk today to see if they iron out unresolved issues.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 10, 2013
Schefter reports that the Ravens are set to meet with McClain...