The Ravens must have something to do this weekend because they’re taking care of a ton of business on Friday.
The team signed Corey Graham away from the Bears, brought back special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo and, now, they’ve announced that they have reached agreement on a contract with linebacker Jameel McClain. Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports that it is a three-year deal. McClain has started 31 of the last 32 games for the Ravens and had 81 tackles for the team last season and took over defensive play-calling duties during Ray Lewis‘ four-game injury absence.
There was some thought that two of McClain’s former defensive coordinators in Baltimore might make bids for his services, but neither Chuck Pagano’s Colts nor Rex Ryan’s Jets made any moves in that direction. He did visit with the Broncos, but they wound up holding onto Joe Mays.
Like Mays and Stephen Tulloch, McClain didn’t see much of a market develop for his services before returning to his old team. Some of the biggest names still available at inside linebacker — Curtis Lofton, London Fletcher, E.J. Henderson — could wind up doing the same as potential landing spots dry up around the league.