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Rolando McClain passes physical, signs with Ravens

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As expected, ex-Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain signed a one-year deal with Baltimore on Friday after passing a physical, the Ravens said.

The Raiders released McClain last week after three seasons with the club. His final campaign in Oakland was marked by a two-game team suspension late in the season, and he was inactive the last three games. However, just three years ago, he was a top-10 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. In short, he’s a low-risk addition who may have some upside for the defending Super Bowl champions.

McClain, 23, gives the Ravens another option at inside linebacker, a position where Baltimore will be making some changes after the departures of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe. Jameel McClain, a regular starter the last three seasons for Baltimore, would figure to have a good shot at starting inside if healthy; he’s recovering from a spinal cord contusion.

That said, the Ravens start two inside linebackers in their 3-4 base defense, and Rolando McClain looks likely to compete for one of those jobs.

Rolando McClain, who starred at Alabama, joins former collegiate teammates Terrence Cody and Courtney Upshaw in Baltimore.

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42 Responses to “Rolando McClain passes physical, signs with Ravens”
  1. noringcircus says: Apr 12, 2013 2:59 PM

    Well, yeah, he should pass the physical easily since his body has not receive very many hits for missing tackles and being in the wrong gap thereby avoiding getting hit by blockers and running backs.

  2. Sideline Mob says: Apr 12, 2013 3:00 PM

    Good enough for the Super Bowl champs, but not good enough for the 4-12 Raiders. Makes total sense.

  3. dickson29 says: Apr 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    and Charlie Batch (58 yrs old) beat the ravens………and down go the RAVENS!!!!!!

  4. ravensdominate says: Apr 12, 2013 3:02 PM

    Now all I you will see what a real football franchise does with talent. It feels good to be the best.

  5. thetwilightsown says: Apr 12, 2013 3:04 PM

    Bum. Question isn’t physical, but mental… as in “can you cure adult infancy?”

  6. raqaiw says: Apr 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    dickson29 says: Apr 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    and Charlie Batch (58 yrs old) beat the ravens………and down go the RAVENS!!!!!!

    All the way down to New Orleans,and back up as Champions.
    If everytime they lose to Chuck they win it all,I hope he plays and starts in Steeltown until he’s 85.

  7. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    In before another Ozzie sploogefest.

  8. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 12, 2013 3:08 PM

    It’s not official until the O’s announce it. #TheRedskinsownMaryland

  9. ravenution says: Apr 12, 2013 3:09 PM

    Rolando, welcome to the 2012 SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS!!!!! Baltimore Ravens!!!!!!! You came from hell into heaven!

  10. Deb says: Apr 12, 2013 3:09 PM

    Sure wish this were a Steelers acquisition. And will be so glad when Ozzie returns to Bama as AD in a few years. He’s just too good at this stuff.

  11. jacktheraven says: Apr 12, 2013 3:13 PM

    Steeler fans keep bringing up Ravens lost to old man Batch. It’s called an upset gentlemen. It happens every week in the NFL. steeler fans saw it happen more than once last year.

  12. ukn0what says: Apr 12, 2013 3:15 PM

    people who live in the past and it’s circumstances have little to offer when looking toward the future.

  13. reed20fence says: Apr 12, 2013 3:17 PM

    And the rich get richer…

  14. ravenator says: Apr 12, 2013 3:35 PM

    This guy will be a stud in the ravens locker room. No one does a better job at molding talent than Ozzie and Co. Fall in line haters, your franchise is irrelevant. There are 31 other teams and then there are the Ravens. Cheers!

  15. lovefootball4life says: Apr 12, 2013 3:37 PM

    Perfect situation for him to start over. All the way down to the “prove you want it” type of deal. It is completely in his hands. If he were smart he’d be pouring himself into tape and building a relationship with his team mates and Ray Lewis. Can’t wait to watch this one play out.

  16. oakraid says: Apr 12, 2013 3:37 PM

    Obviously the Ravens physical is easy to pass. They either didnt notice or didnt care about McClains complete lack of genitalia and spine.

  17. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 12, 2013 3:48 PM

    They have to sign all free agents cause Ozzie can’t draft like Colbert can! We do it through the draft! You can do that whn you have a front office like the Steelers do. Can’t when you have Ratbirds front office. Buenos Dias muchachos!

  18. raiderinvader says: Apr 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    @ravenator there you go with another ridiculous homer comment ! you fill raider posts with your uninformed and uneducated thoughts.McClain is garbage and a waste of a roster spot.raven fans are so delusional I live in Baltimore so I know that as a fact.

  19. buzzbeaubank says: Apr 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:Apr 12, 2013 3:48 PM

    They have to sign all free agents cause Ozzie can’t draft like Colbert can! We do it through the draft! You can do that whn you have a front office like the Steelers do. Can’t when you have Ratbirds front office. Buenos Dias muchachos!
    —————————–
    So I guess you’re counting Gay, Burress, and Spaeth as building through the draft even though they’re washed up retreads. Colbert sure is in a box.

  20. jtbsteeler says: Apr 12, 2013 3:58 PM

    More free agents to make up for these atrocious drafts. Boldin, Jones and Pollard(all Free agents) saved your season. Boldin made that block in San Diego…saving Flacco’s butt.

  21. lovefootball4life says: Apr 12, 2013 4:06 PM

    Fine, @bigbenblowsthefl and @bjsteeler despite the overwhelming evidence you think Ravens drafts suck and all they do is FA. Great we heard you. Now go away.

  22. buzzbeaubank says: Apr 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    Consider the following when deciding which GM sat on his own balls this winter:

    Outgoing Steelers: Wallace, Harrison, Lewis, Allen, Mundy, Mendenhall, Colon
    Incoming Steelers: Gay, Spaeth, Burress, Gradkowski

    Outgoing Ravens: Boldin, Kruger, Ellerbe, Reed, Lewis, Pollard, Williams, Birk
    Incoming Ravens: Dumervil, Huff, McClain, Canty, Spears

    And Boldin was not a free agent for either transaction. The Ravens traded a 3rd and 4th for Boldin and a 5th, and they received a 6th from SF for him.

  23. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Apr 12, 2013 4:18 PM

    dickson29 says:
    Apr 12, 2013 3:01 PM
    and Charlie Batch (58 yrs old) beat the ravens………and down go the RAVENS!!!!!!

    LOL! Your team got beat by freaking TEBOW so I don’t know why you’re talking!

    Great move by the Wizard of Baltimore! GO RAVENS!

  24. stillers213 says: Apr 12, 2013 4:19 PM

    I have watched more Raider games than I’m willing to admit living here in So. Cal, but this guy does have some skills. He could very well perform better in a different environment as most ex-Raiders seem to do.

  25. veraky says: Apr 12, 2013 4:20 PM

    @ ravenator
    You must be a gay prostitute because i’ve never seen another dude so excited over large sweaty men in tights.

  26. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 12, 2013 4:27 PM

    The Ravens really think they got a gem with him? LOL, Most ravens in past said he was a turd, now hes a all pro? ?? Cause the ravens signed him, HAHAHA!!!

  27. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 12, 2013 4:28 PM

    The real PHYSICAL test Rolando will have to pass is on the field. FAILED in oakland, he’s only 23 crazy to think …. he could change? But I don’t think he has the heart.

  28. edisbetterthantroy says: Apr 12, 2013 4:33 PM

    Are all of you still talking? The Ravens are the reigning champions. It wasn’t that long ago.

    One thing that makes me laugh is the “You lost to Charlie Batch” talk. You do realize your knocking your own team when you say that? Essentially, you’re saying Pitt has an inadequate back up which could be a result of poor personnel decisions in the front office.

  29. wopsravens says: Apr 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    Its a good gamble for the Ravens. They don’t lose if hes a bust. If he plays to his potential than its even better. They know how to run and organization, and Ozzie drafts a lot of talent. So who ever says that is uneducated about football.

  30. rubicon202 says: Apr 12, 2013 4:48 PM

    I mean C’mon son (Gus from Psych voice), good luck with that!

  31. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    However, the Ravens’ strength coach was not impressed.
    McClain was ordered to begin actually lifting weights. It’s required that he reduce his soft squishiness.

  32. robertocfg says: Apr 12, 2013 5:29 PM

    At the moment, the Ravens is probably the team I hate the most. I respect their front office, Ozzie is one of the best GM’s out there, if not the best. But I can’t stand their fans, their loudmouth players or the whiner they have for a coach (although I recognize that he’s a great football coach).

    However, I have to admit that if there is one team that can shape Rolando McClain into a quality player on and off the field, that’s the Ravens.

  33. randallflagg52 says: Apr 12, 2013 5:47 PM

    To the two steeler fans who claimed Ozzie can’t draft: how about you go back and compare the last 4 or 5 Raven and steeler drafts to each other. Ozzie was busy getting studs like Flacco, Rice, Webb, Oher, Osemele, Smith, Upshaw etc, etc… While Colbert was blowing picks on DeCastro, Adams, Hood, Heyward, Sweed, Gilbert etc etc…

    Ozzie is the best drafter in the NFL. Colbert is very average.

  34. ravensdominate says: Apr 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    And 12 draft picks up next! Simply the best.

    The ravens.

  35. bigdeuceuno says: Apr 12, 2013 6:24 PM

    @robertocfg u sound like a undercover ravens fan wit all ur contradictions and yes im a ravens fan n yes i live in west baltimore “the hood” so we r tough n we talk smack but we back it up wit tough play n a SB bowl win when everybody said we couldnt do it we did n heres a little advice to all u haters when yall out watchn ravens game bcarefull of what kind of ravens fans u talk smack around cuz u might loose sum teeth u welcome!

  36. dickson29 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    How many rings does Charlie Batch have compared to Flacco?

  37. dontstabmeray says: Apr 12, 2013 7:42 PM

    This is comical. Ravens picking up the raiders trash. Have fun with jump ball Joe and his contract for the next decade. 3 wins next year. Cheers!

  38. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 12, 2013 9:56 PM

    What’s ironic is that none of these moves will matter. Your Boldin-less QB will continue his 48% completion rate in an effort to maybe scratch out a .500 record. Jump balls and check-downs just won’t cut it anymore.

  39. scoobies05 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:38 AM

    lovin all the steeler fans who know their team is going to be awful so they go to ravens themed threads to try and make themselves feel better. seriously crown..i know you can do better. you usualy have good insight but come on. and steeler nation…batch got us at home…hooray. we won it all while yinz watched from the couch. and if we are talking regular season, when was the last time pitt beat balto at the ketchup bottle. its been a while. go ravens

  40. morganstan100 says: Apr 13, 2013 5:25 AM

    Ravens are on their way to building the type of defense that won SB XXXV. Not a “statistically” #1 defense that loses 8 games like the Steelers brag about, but a real defense. Ozzie knows how to do this because he’s done it before. Steelers should learn from him but I doubt they will because, since letting Green Bay spank them in front of the world, they’ve managed to muck up each subsequent season worse than the last. Prediction: Steelers go 5-11, Big Ben gets traded to be somebody’s backup and is never heard from again. Steelers sacrifice everything to trade up and draft a quarterback in 2014.

  41. scoobies05 says: Apr 13, 2013 6:59 AM

    @crown….i know you are smarter than that. lot more to joe than the highlights you see. ive always wondered how come when ben runs around and makes miracle plays he is great but joe is just lucky. when it keeps happening its more than luck. dude is a good qb

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 13, 2013 8:33 AM

    dickson29 | Apr 12, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT
    How many rings does Charlie Batch have compared to Flacco?

    Pretty sure Charlie has two and we know Joe has just one.

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