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Former Raider Rolando McClain may have new home

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Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain may have found a new home in Baltimore with the Super Bowl Champion Ravens.  According to NFL.com, McClain and the Ravens are said to be working out the details of a contract.

The former first round pick was released last week by the Raiders.  He showed flashes of talent on the field, especially during the 2011 season.  However, inconsistent play and off the field trouble made him expendable in Oakland.  

The Ravens have a need at the inside linebacker position with Ray Lewis retiring and Dannell Ellerbe leaving via free agency to the Miami Dolphins. 

“It’s a move that can’t go wrong and I’m looking forward to playing in Baltimore as the Ravens run the same or very similar defense as I was a part of at the University of Alabama,” McClain said

McClain, who is only 23 years old, will have the opportunity to rejuvenate his career.  He would be joining fellow Alabama alums Terrence Cody and Courtney Upshaw on the Ravens defense.  This could be seen as a low-risk, high-reward situation for the Ravens.  McClain’s contract would not cost them much and they did not have to trade to get him.  This fresh start could help him play up to the potential that got him selected as the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft.  

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  • http://oscarcrawfordmedia.com Oscar Crawford

    When you are too much trouble for the Raiders to keep you, that might be a sign. The same was said of Deion Sanders early on and he ended up with a World Series Championship and a Super Bowl Ring.