Earlier this month, the Ravens signed linebacker Rolando McClain to a no-risk, one-year deal with a $700,000 base salary. None of the money is guaranteed, which means there will be no skin off owner Steve Bisciotti’s wallet if McClain is cut in the wake of his latest arrest.
When the Ravens rolled the dice on Rolando, many assumed he was placed on a one-strike arrangement. Now that the count is 0-1, it’s time to see whether the Ravens had indeed warned McClain that one false move will get him fired.
Since McClain has fewer than four years of NFL service, his new contract would be exposed to waivers, meaning that any other team could give him a third chance at the kind of low price he was willing to give the Ravens for a chance to join the defending champions.
If no one claims McClain, the rocky NFL tenure of a 2010 top-10 pick could be over.