Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo backed off Friday on comments about his release being prompted by outspokenness on same-sex marriage.
After Ayanbadejo suggested to Newsday in an interview that the Ravens might have tired of having him around because of unwanted attention resulting from his comments about a sensitive topic, he took a softer approach while speaking with "NFL AM."
"The Ravens have facilited the relationships I have with the community," he said. "If the Ravens wanted to cut me for my stance on marriage equality, they would have done it in 2009."
Ayanbadejo also made news Friday by saying he believes four NFL players are close to disclosing that they're gay -- possibly as a group.
---The Oakland Raiders waived linebacker Rolando McClain, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
He started nine games in 2012, recording just one sack. He did not live up to expectations and had some off-field issues that led to a two-game suspension. Last month, the team reportedly gave McClain permission to seek a trade but no teams seemed interested,
McClain, 23, was scheduled to earn $4 million in 2013 and $5.8 million in 2014.
---The San Francisco 49ers signed offensive tackle Anthony Davis to a five-year, $37 million contract extension. A 2010 first-round pick, Davis is part of an offensive line that returns intact in 2013.
---Free-agent defensive back Charles Woodson is waiting for a call from an NFL team but knows it might be awhile because of his age.
Woodson, 36, was released by the Green Bay Packers in February and, other than a visit to the San Francisco 49ers, hasn't attracted much interest yet.
---Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who is returning for the 2013 season after saying he was 95-percent certain 2012 would be his final season, told Pro Football Live he's 100 percent certain 2013 will be his final season.