Report: McClain says he's joining Ravens

Report: McClain says he's joining Ravens
April 10, 2013, 9:15 am
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Rolando McClain played in just 11 games for the Oakland Raiders in 2012 and recorded 60 tackles. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

UPDATE: (3:30 p.m.): NFL Newtork's Ian Rapoport reports that the deal between Rolando McClain and the Baltimore Ravens is for one year and $700,000.

From a team with four regular season victories to a team that won four playoff games and Super Bowl XLVII, former Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain says he will sign a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, according to a report from the Madison Weekly News.

 

"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 newspaper.

McClain, 23, cleared waivers on Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent after he was waived by the Raiders last Friday The team remains on the hook for $7.26 million in "dead money" in terms of cap space for the 2013.

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After 41 career NFL games, McClain has as many off-field arrests as he does forced fumbles and interceptions combined. He was arrested in January of 2011 for allegedly firing a gun next to a man's head, and again in January of 2013 when he was arrested after giving a false name to a police office during a routine traffic stop.

But he's hoping to turn things around in Baltimore.

“Ray Lewis retired after winning the Super Bowl and I look to fill his slot,” McClain told the newspaper. “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.”

McClain has reportedly been in talks with the Ravens for two weeks, and would join former Alabama teammate Terrence Cody on the Ravens defense.