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Rolando McClain talking about a comeback

Rolando McClain AP

Last October, agent Pat Dye Jr. said he thought a comeback was possible for his client Rolando McClain.

McClain retired abruptly last May after another arrest was added to his lengthy police blotter, leaving the former eighth overall pick out of football entirely at the age of 24. According to Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times, McClain would like to make Dye look prescient.

Zenitz reports that McClain has been telling people that he plans to play in 2014. Per the report, McClain has been working out regularly and is in a better mental state than he was when he walked away from the game.

The Ravens own McClain’s rights after signing him following his release from the Raiders and there’s no word on their interest in a return from a player who never actually suited up for them. As Zenitz notes, it’s already been a long offseason for the Ravens on the legal trouble front and they could opt to let another team roll the dice on a McClain comeback bid.

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29 Responses to “Rolando McClain talking about a comeback”
  1. cjspiller12 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:18 PM

    Bust!!!!

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 10, 2014 2:19 PM

    Another criminal ravens player.

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 10, 2014 2:19 PM

    Stay where u are buddy!!!

  4. jstreet1985 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:20 PM

    Without Daryl Smith signed, y not tak a chance on the kid, be a good backup or trade bait

  5. ctiggs says: Mar 10, 2014 2:22 PM

    SEC SEC SEC conference known for B U S T

  6. floriohatesthebirds says: Mar 10, 2014 2:22 PM

    Wait! You realized you have nothing going for you outside of football? Say it ain’t so.

    Pay attention Mendenhall.

  7. andreboy1 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:22 PM

    I remember when mock draft “experts” were comparing him to a bigger version of Patrick Willis.

  8. titansbro says: Mar 10, 2014 2:22 PM

    well that & they’d have to pay him according to whatever contract they had agreed to pre-retirement.

  9. opinevain says: Mar 10, 2014 2:24 PM

    Ravens should give him a chance.

  10. zoellner25 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:25 PM

    I can promise you he won’t end up in Green Bay.

  11. raiderapologist says: Mar 10, 2014 2:26 PM

    McClain is a slow-twitch thief.

  12. ishallcomment says: Mar 10, 2014 2:28 PM

    I really thought this guy was going to be a stud… Whoops.

  13. demolition510 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:32 PM

    Must be the money

  14. thebirdsareback says: Mar 10, 2014 2:49 PM

    The ravens signed him to a sub million dollar deal so its low risk for sure. He’s absolutely a serviceable LB. McClaine is gone, just let him take his spot @ 3 million cheaper. Resign Smitty. McClain, Smith, McKlellan. Looks like the same as last year lol

  15. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 10, 2014 2:53 PM

    Can’t be worse than Jameel Mcclain

  16. mikejune says: Mar 10, 2014 2:56 PM

    Say what you will about him: he may be a bust, etc…BUT was a great middle linebacker under Nick Saban and that is not an easy job to get. If he is over his mental health problems, which are perfectly natural for somebody in their early twenties, and you can sign him on the cheap, why the hell not? I’m looking at you NY Giants.

  17. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 10, 2014 2:58 PM

    So he’s not content with the only thing on his NFL resume being body slamming 2 of the smallest players in the league? What’s that about?

  18. southpaw2k says: Mar 10, 2014 3:00 PM

    His career was doomed the moment Oakland had drafted him. Oakland is where all football careers go to die.

    If another team in need of an ILB wants to take a flyer on him, it could well pay off.

  19. bucfanforlife says: Mar 10, 2014 3:00 PM

    come to tampa, the guy was rich and young going off the deep end, he quit to sort it out, the guy came from nothing then had it all eighth pick before rookie cap, that one signing could and does make you rich, so he couldn’t handle but the boy can ball and I believe he went back to campus and found himself, maybe it isn’t always good to leave ncaa early for the money, he could have used another year to mature, I mean he is only 25, that’s about the time I got it figured out

  20. braddavery says: Mar 10, 2014 3:06 PM

    As if this wasn’t part of his plan all along. No 1st-round defensive player willingly retires at age 24. He just needed a year off.

  21. nonyt says: Mar 10, 2014 3:28 PM

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I hope he makes it. I hope someone gives him a chance. He’s still young.

  22. northernwisc says: Mar 10, 2014 3:30 PM

    I love how everyone is ripping the guy. Do a little research on his life and you will gain a lot more respect for him doing what he did in walking away from the game when he did.

  23. hoss408 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:32 PM

    “Pay attention Mendenhall.”

    How is Mendenhall’s situation remotely close to McClain’s??? One is a criminal and the other is an intelligent guy who earned enough money to stop playing a game he was good at and instead do what he loves. Can’t fault him for that.

  24. bigdaddy44 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:39 PM

    A perfect Raven.

  25. rajbais says: Mar 10, 2014 3:48 PM

    Go away you fraud!!! Al Davis went against his own ways to pick you!

  26. hrmlss says: Mar 10, 2014 4:17 PM

    Who didn’t see this coming.

  27. xinellum says: Mar 10, 2014 4:27 PM

    He did work under Saban after returning to Alabama. Saban and Newsome (Alabama alumni) communicate well as is evident by the number of Alabama players Ozzie has taken. Reports are Saban was very happy with Mclain. That tells me that the Ravens will give him a chance just like they were willing to do last year when they signed him. With the release of Jameel McClain and the pending signing of Daryl Smith, the Ravens would be fools (Ozzie is no fool) not to kick the tires and if he doesn’t work out then let someone else have a shot, Ravens don’t fear a little cop controversy, ask Ray Ray and little Ray.

  28. ravenswhat says: Mar 10, 2014 5:58 PM

    Don’t even let him in the parking lot Oz.

  29. djshnooks says: Mar 10, 2014 7:49 PM

    The Bills need a MLB and a change of scenery did wonders for Jerry Hughes…another 1st round “bust” who put up 10 sacks in his first year in Buffalo.

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