McClain could still be cut


The Ravens think linebacker Rolando McClain deserves a second chance.  And there’s a chance that, in their minds, he’s already gotten it.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the reference by Ravens assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta to McClain deserving a second chance came during a question-and-answer session at the Baltimore Sun Sports Forum.  When addressing McClain’s “second chance,” DeCosta specifically was referring to the second chance the Ravens afforded McClain when signing him last month to a one-year, $700,000 base deal.

DeCosta wasn’t, we’re told, talking about a “second chance” to be given to McClain in the wake of his most recent arrest, which came nine days after the Ravens signed McClain.

The Sun then published DeCosta’s answer without the question, creating the impression that DeCosta was talking about the team’s attitude toward McClain following his latest arrest.

This meshes with a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, who says that the Ravens haven’t made a decision about McClain in the wake of his latest arrest.

Still, the Ravens’ current equity with the fans and the media make it easier to look the other way regarding McClain’s misadventures and to keep around a guy they very well will need in 2013, if that’s what the Ravens eventually chose to do.

47 responses to “McClain could still be cut

  1. the team does not need “equity” with sports writers or the fans. We mean nothing to them. The team needs to win football games. Nobody cares about the dirt underneath the fingernails of a winner.

  2. I can’t believe McClain is their best option.
    Did no one watch any of his games with the Raiders?

  3. the team does not need “equity” with sports writers or the fans. We mean nothing to them. The team needs to win football games. Nobody cares about the dirt underneath the fingernails of a winner.

    You are so right. It’s the new American light where nothing means something if it happen

  4. C’mon now rolando… Get your ish together son and man up, obviously being in the hood aint workin for you…

    And before y’all start with the oh your not a football player what do you know talking starts, I’m not coming at this dude on some arm chair qb stuff, I’m coming at him on some I made it out the hood stuff and tryin to look out for young dude…

  5. guy is just terrible on the field he is an albatross where he goes.ravens are better off with jameel McClain in the middle or even sign Brian urlacher or an ej Henderson

  6. I actually laughed when all the ravens fans were “”raving”” about how are their veteran leaders were going to straighten him up.the thought that Ozzie could use his magic wand to make him a law abiding citizen and a pro bowl linebacker was truly hilarious

  7. Correct, the team does not need any equity, no matter how often writers invest in this now stale, and getting staler, topic. Prediction – barring a stunningly good early training camp performance, McClain will be gone before preseason.

  8. dang …. they must be REALLY thin at LB to keep this guy ….. football is the only thing keeping him out of prison right now …..

  9. The cops in his hometown gave him a second chance. Ten chances ago.

  10. As a player, on the field incidents are almost a good thing depending on the reason. But off the field, there’s no excuse for that, nor a reason

  11. I don’t think people are actually reading the post. Florio isn’t really talking about McClain, he’s commenting on how the Baltimore Sun really screwed up with how they report the news.

  12. I wonder how many people who visit this site regularly have even been arrested once? Cut him.

  13. “a guy they very well will need in 2013,”

    Not if he can’t produce on the field. They WILL need Flacco, Suggs, Rice, etc. McClain falls under “MAY need”.

  14. I think he would do better in a 3-4 defense but if he does not get his act together it will not matter what scheme his team is running.

  15. The Ravens are waiting for the courts to make a decision then they’ll make theirs.

    If Ozzie wants to take on a rehab I don’t mind, he’ll dump it before it really starts to hurt the team.

    I’m only bothered because the guy seems so dumb. Like truly f-ing cross eyed fell down the steps stupid!

  16. “partmachine – I’m only bothered because the guy seems so dumb. Like truly f-ing cross eyed fell down the steps stupid!”

    Kindle stupid! love it.

  17. More second rate, classless Ravens behavior. That’s why they’ll always be the second team in Maryland behind the Redskins. The Redskins beat them on the field and off the field. The Redskins are the best franchise in NFL history, a dominant perennial Super Bowl winning team. The Ravens are late arriving losers. HTTR.

  18. Give McClain a break. It’s not like he and his buddies murdered a guy, lied to police, and disposed of his blood soaked suit.

  19. He will be cut on performance only… ravens don’t care what he does off the field as long as he can play linebacker. They’re desperate at the position.

  20. At this point, Ro is worth about $700k. Personally, I think he could flourish in a 3/4 with a dominant DL in front of him. Both of which the Ravens have, and neither of which he played behind on my Raiders. That said, he still must prove himself on the field… hence worthy of the vet minimum. Off the field? He has proven to be a distraction at best, and possibly a man who has some serious character flaws at worst. People point at the tinted windows and yelling at the police as too harsh a criticism. Fine… but how about firing a handgun next to a persons head who he just beaten? How about the bullet holes in his own car from someone shooting at him while he was driving? The guy is troubled. He’s young yet, so he may get it yet… but he is still making seriously bad judgment calls in his personal life.

  21. Again, Ravens run a 3-4 so they need two ILB to start. They have eight on the roster right now. It’s not a “very well will need” situation. He’s not getting paid now and won’t until/if he makes the team so Ravens are risking nothing. Maybe just maybe, assuming he stays clean until camp, he’ll get around some new guys and have a crazy good camp.

  22. skoobyfl says:May 7, 2013 9:03 PM

    I’m confuzzled.
    Me too. And disconboobalated about this.

  23. As a Ravens fan, this move really made me scratch my head. Not a huge fan of Urlacher as he is older and gets hurt a lot, but they couldn’t offer him a 1-2 year deal instead of this whack job? At least Urlacher has on-field leadership, this guy has a leadership on how to get arrested. Dofus gets a second chance in the nfl and not even 7 days after getting his second chance gets arrested for trying to start a riot….. WOW.

  24. Just do it!!

    Ozzie stop letting ex-colleague and current Crimson Tide color analyst Phil Savage run the team!!

    You and Alabama are like Titus Young and a clean record, two things that don’t go together.

    Terrance Cody and Courteney Upshaw haven’t done anything. Why touch McClain????

  25. Wow. There may be a real life version of the longest yard starring Ryan leaf, cliff Harris, titas young, and Rolando McClain.

  26. Still waiting for Deb to weigh in and tell us about what a fine young man Rolando was when he was suiting up for the Crimson Tide.

  27. Arthur Brown and Jameel McClain are the starters, McClellan, Bynes, provide some more experienced 3-4 depth than Rolando currently can, and there has been talk of using Upshaw and newly drafted John Simon in the inside linebacker rotation. Ravens don’t need Rolando now that the draft is over, the sooner they “flush this turd” as othees have said, the better.

  28. Hey logical lice – ever hear of George Preston Marshall ? Was the owner of your redskins. Was the last owner to have a black man on his team because he was a dyed in the wool racist. History always gets in the way of your fantasy.

  29. Lets say someone gave you something insignificant today and said there is a 1% chance it will transform into something big. If you hold onto it after four months you have to keep whatever it turns into but if you throw it away anytime before four months is up it will have no impact to you.

    Wouldn’t you just tuck it away for four months on the off chance it works?

    I agree he has significant problems but from the Ravens point of view they have no risk on what was, not too long ago, a highly regarded NFL prospect.

  30. Translation – ravens drafted Arthur Brown who looked good in rookie camp so now they don’t need McClain. If brown blows out an ACL today, they will decide McClain does deserve another chance.

  31. Its just dumb. Out of all his issues, the most recent was both the dumbest and most severe.

    Getting a ticket for having too much window tint, isn’t going to get me too excited. The fact he signed his name with a bad word is bad, but again, not the worst thing someone could do and relates directly to the window tint issue.

    To get arrested for messing with cops??? Dumb and fairly serious. Since I wasn’t there, I can’t say what happened. However, just the fact this guy isn’t bunkered down until he gets his NFL career in place and is outside partying – DUMB DUMB DUMB.

  32. Okay Rolando we mean it THIS time. You are on super-secret probations. No more tomfoolery, no more shenanigans, no more!

  33. If they cut McLain now, he could get picked up cheap by another team…and although tI believe the chances are slim — he could come end up helping an AFC North team next year. If they wait a few months, then cut him (citing his inability to conform), he may be out of the league forever.

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