Rolando McClain arrest unlikely to significantly alter Ravens' draft strategy

Rolando McClain Retires: Linebacker Retiring From NFL At 23



Regardless of the fact thatMcClain is now facing misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., the Ravens stillwere in need of furtherreinforcements at inside linebacker. With middle linebacker Ray Lewis retired, inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe gone to the Miami Dolphins via a $35 million free agent deal, and inside linebacker Jameel McClain still awaiting medical clearance from a spinal cord contusion suffered last December, theinclination tostrengthen the position already existed. Now, the argument can be made that this negative development only increases the likelihood that the Ravens address the position quickly in the NFL draft.Even if this never happened,the Ravenswere alreadyin the market for an inside linebacker. Rolando McClain was signed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with a $400,000 playtime incentive clause that could have boosted the maximum value of the deal to $1.1 million. The Ravens included no guaranteed money in the contract, so there was minimal risk involved. Whether the Super Bowl champions choose to cut ties with McClain due to another legal problem remains to be seen. The fact is, though,theformer Oakland Raiders' starterwas never regarded as the lone answer for the Ravens to replace Lewis and Ellerbe.









Despite the recently signed linebacker's April arrest for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta says McClain's roster spot is safe. "I think this about McClain, he deserves a second chance," DeCosta told The Baltimore Sun on Monday night . "If you asked him, he would probably admit to making some mistakes. We think he warrants a second chance." The former Oakland Raiders linebacker remains a frequent presence in the court system. Along with his April indiscretion, the 23-year-old on Monday pleaded guilty to a window tint violation and had a false information charge dismissed. McClain also faces two pending cases involving driving charges.





Rolando McClain deserves 'second chance' with Ravens





Cox/Getty Images Recently retired Rolando McClain is back in school at Alabama, where he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker in 2009. "I know a lot of people get disappointed in Rolando McClain and a lot of the things he's struggled with, but he's with us now," Saban said, according to AL.com. McClain, 23, won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker in 2009 while leading Alabama to a national title during his junior year, his final season at the school before declaring for the NFL draft. Saban credited McClain for being a "phenomenal leader" when he played for him. "He affected everybody in the organization at a time when we needed leadership because we had a lot of bad things happen when I first got there," he said, according to AL.com. He played three seasons with the Oakland Raiders , who selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft. McClain signed with the Baltimore Ravens in April, but he was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest shortly afterward, his third arrest in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., since 2011. McClain said in a statement last month that he loves playing football but he decided to retire to get his personal life in order and "God willing," he might play in the NFL again. "Clearly, my decision to retire has raised Rolando Mcclain Signed Jersey some questions.





A Tribute To Rolando McClain's Brief, Brilliant NFL Career