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.