Rolando McClain retires from the NFL … at age 23

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain has informed the team of his intentions to retire, GM Ozzie Newsome announced in a statement released by the team.

“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL," Newsome said. "We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list."

The Ravens signed the 23-year-old McClain to a one-year, $700,000 contract that included up to $400,000 in playing-time incentives on April 12. McClain was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest just ten days into his stint with the defending Super Bowl champions.

McClain is due in court on July 9 on those charges.

McClain entered the NFL as the No. 8 overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, who signed the University of Alabama standout to a five-year, $40.25 million rookie contract. In 41 games in his three NFL seasons with the Raiders, McClain had 246 tackles, 6.5 sacks and recorded one interception. McClain's most impressive season came in 2011 when he posted five sacks and a career-high 14 passes defensed as a 14-game starter, but off-field issues would quickly derail his career.

McClain was arrested in Decatur, Alabama in January of 2011 after allegedly pointing a gun at another man and firing it next to his head. McClain was convicted and sentenced to 180 days in jail, but charges were dropped upon appeal when the victim would not cooperate with the criminal case against McClain. In January of 2013, McClain was again arrested in Decatur, Alabama after giving a false name to police during a traffic stop.

In between those arrests, McClain had a run-in during the 2012 regular season with first-year Raiders head coach Dennis Allen that resulted in a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. McClain was a healthy scratch following his reinstatement and the team granted his agent, Pat Dye, permission to find a trade partner. Even McClain's off-field issues voiding $3.635 million in guaranteed base salary, no team was willing to part with anything of value for McClain, who hit the NFL waiver wire and went unclaimed on April 5.

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