Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Will Ravens release McClain?
By Tom Carpenter
Even though Rolando McClain has been arrested three times in the past 11 months, including an arrest just a week and a half after inking a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, he is still on the team. In fact, Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said this week that he thinks McClain "deserves a second chance." However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that McClain still could be let go by the Ravens.
"From TA: I'm told #Ravens haven't made a decision on Rolando McClain's future. DeCosta's comments on 2nd chances were about original signing," Rapoport tweeted. "There's still a real chance the #Ravens end up moving on from Rolando McClain. They protected themselves salary-wise. No guaranteed money."
ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley thinks the Ravens' decision to not cut McClain already may imply that they have short-term concerns about rookie Arthur Brown:
Jamison HensleyRavens must really need Rolando McClain
"As I've written previously, I thought the Ravens would release McClain when he got arrested 10 days after signing a one-year contract with Baltimore. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has talked in the past how he has gone to great lengths to clean up the team's image. Taking in someone who was deemed too much of a bad boy for the Oakland Raiders doesn't fit Harbaugh's vision for the team. By keeping McClain, this tells me that the Ravens really need him, even after they traded up in the second round to draft inside linebacker Arthur Brown. Maybe the Ravens aren't certain that Brown can start right away. He is converting from a 4-3 defense at Kansas State. And, when seeing Brown at Ravens rookie minicamp, he was so small-framed that he looked more like a running back. Perhaps the Ravens are hoping McClain can be that one-year bridge until Brown can take over as starter."