Former NFL linebacker Rolando McClain wants to play in the NFL again after suddenly retiring at 23 years old. He’s expected to meet with the Baltimore Ravens and general manager Ozzie Newsome on Friday, reports Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times.
“I’m excited about the game again,” McClain told Zenitz. “I’m excited to play. I’m excited to be around some damn teammates.”
McClain suddenly walked away from the game last May after experiencing a number of issues relating with the law and various anger issues. He said he retired to get his “priorities straight” and figure himself out.
The Ravens signed Daryl Smith and drafted Arthur Brown before the beginning of last season, so the position isn’t a glaring need like it was when they lost Ray Lewis to retirement and Dannell Ellerbe to free-agency.
Baltimore is willing to meet with him after the “glowing reviews” on McClain’s new life made by Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
McClain, who was a former first round selection of the Oakland Raiders in 2010, played three seasons with the team before getting his chance with the Ravens, but abruptly retiring before the season. He’s recorded 246 tackles and 6.5 sacks with a forced fumble and interception during his three-year career.
While the Ravens might not be the proper suitor for McClain, they could be the professional organization who says the middle linebacker is ready for a second chance in his NFL career. Considering the amount of respect executives have for the Ravens organization, it would be an impact statement and review of McClain.