AFC North: Rolando McClain informs Ravens he will Retire


Sept. 16, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain (55) looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens signed free agent middle linebacker Rolando McClain this offseason in hopes the former All-American out of Alabama could help replace Ray Lewis after the future hall-of-famer retired this offseason. But an offseason arrest left many wondering if the Ravens were on the verge of cutting the troubled linebacker. Now, they won’t have to worry about that, as McClain announced today that he is retiring from the NFL.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome:

"Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL. We have placed him on the reserved/retired list."

McClain is just 23 years old, but is coming off his third arrest in 16 months, and was already cut by the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason  after they made him the eighth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

For his career, McClain has accounted for 274 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 41 career games with the Raiders.

ESPN AFC North Blogger Jamison Hensley writes how the Pittsburgh  Steelers have the No. 1 LB corps in the division, followed by the Bengals and Ravens, and finally ranks the Cleveland Browns fourth.

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