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A Rolando McClain Comeback?

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6+ Comments bwhite12257 says he is a young man that had the courage to back away from a situation that may have been too much to handle at that particular time in his life. i would welcome
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A year after retiring from the NFL to get his life in order, Rolando McClain appears to be ready to return to football.

According to a source close to McClain, the linebacker is in a better place mentally, has been working out regularly and has been telling people since at least the fall that he plans to play football in 2014.

McClain retired in May at the age of 23 after he was arrested for the third time in a 17-month period. He said in a statement at the time, “I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Back in October RSR’s Tony Lombardi touched on the topic of a possible McClain comeback. Since that time a team source when asked about the possible return of McClain simply replied, “I don’t know” but left the door open for said return.

Might the release of Jameel McClain be the first sign of such a return?

Given the recent off-the-field legal incidents involving Ray Rice, Deonte Thompson and Jah Reid affect the Ravens’ willingness to accept McClain’s sincerity?

EDITOR’S NOTE 2: In 2013 Rolando McClain signed a 1 year deal for $700,000. The deal had no bonus money and no guarantees. If he does come back the Ravens hold his rights to that contract through the 2014 season. (updated at 3:03PM)

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Should Ozzie Newsome be open to a possible return of Rolando McClain?
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6 comments
bwhite12257
bwhite12257

he is a young man that had the courage to back away from a situation that may have been too much to handle at that particular time in his life. i would welcome him back with open arms and see what we have. good luck rolando..i'll be pulling for you

Bruce_Almty
Bruce_Almty

I'd be interested in the author following-up with WHAT Rolando has done this past year+ to get his personal life together and WHY he thinks he's mentally ready to return to the NFL now. Training camp will determine whether he's physically prepared to return.

Marcus
Marcus

I think he should be open to it. If this young man, turned down money to get his life together, and if he has, I think Ozzie should entertain the idea of it. Besides, it couldn't hurt to give the kid a chance.

John
John

I am not sure I see a downside of at least bringing him into camp. If I remember correctly his original deal which would still be active was for veteran min with no guaranteed money. If he is out of shape or mind then cut him, if not you have at the very least an experienced backup for little money with a pretty big ceiling. Am I missing something?

Fran the Fan
Fran the Fan

This is a no-brainer. Should Ozzie be "open" to a Rolando return? Damn straight. Given that Jameel of the same name is gone, probably for good, and the return of D. Smith is problematic, I would be open to anyone returning to the Ravens. We can use all the help we can get at linebacker.

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