It appeared that former No. 8 overall pick Rolando McClain had found a perfect place to begin his reclamation in Baltimore, before his abrupt retirement following another arrest this summer.
But while McClain’s still getting his life in order, his agent said he hopes the Ravens have a spot for him in the future. Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome held onto McClain’s rights by placing him on reserve/retired rather than cutting him, giving the team first dibs in the future, if there is a future.
Agent Pat Dye Jr. told Jon Solomon of AL.com that he thinks McClain will eventually want to return to the NFL.
“I admire the kid for coming back to Tuscaloosa, going to class and trying to get everything in his life outside of football situated,” Dye said. “It’s not my decision to come back or not come back. I think ultimately he wants to play again. He’s only 24 years old. He’s talented. It’s just a shame. It was such a great situation there in Baltimore.
“It will be interesting to see what happens because the guy they signed to basically replace [McClain], Daryl Smith, is playing really well. I think there are other inside backers who are relatively unproven guys. I think Ozzie has very fond feelings for the kid and wants to see him be successful.”
McClain, who has found himself in repeated trouble, has recently filed for divorce of his wife of five months.
While it’s hard to imagine the Ravens or anyone being interested in giving him a roster spot this season, giving him another shot next offseason when they have 90 spots wouldn’t cost them anything but time.
Of course, that would also depend on McClain’s latest attempt to straighten himself out proving fruitful.