Well, that was fast.
On the same day that 23-year-old linebacker Rolando McClain announced his retirement from football, the Ravens shifted him from the active roster to the reserve/retired list.
The placement of McClain on Wednesday’s official transaction list means the move was made before the close of daily business at 4:00 p.m. ET
By placing him on the reserve/retired list, the Ravens hold McClain’s rights, if/when he decides to return to football. And he can do so at any time, as we learned multiple times with Brett Favre.
It costs the Ravens nothing to put McClain on the reserve/retired list, and he’ll stay there indefinitely. If/when he returns, McClain will be under contract for one year, at a base salary of $700,000.
As we explained last night, McClain wants to focus solely on getting himself together before continuing his football career. The Ravens have offered to be a resource for McClain during this process, which means that the Ravens have decided at least for now to not sever ties with the top-10 pick cut earlier this year by the Raiders.