BaltimoreRavens.com Rolando McClain’s turbulent NFL career is coming to an end at the age of 23. The Ravens placed the inside linebacker and former first-round pick on the reserve/retired list Wednesday afternoon, General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced. “Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Newsome stated. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.” McClain signed a one-year contract with the Ravens on April 12, but was arrested just 10 days later in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. It was the latest in a string of off-field problems for McClain since entering the league in 2009 as the eighth-overall pick. McClain was arrested in December of 2011 and charged with third-degree assault, among others. In January, he was arrested after an officer pulled him over for a window tint violation. He reportedly pleaded guilty to that charge on May 6 and charges of providing false information were dropped, according to The Baltimore Sun. McClain’s is due in court on July 9 for his most recent charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. McClain finishes his NFL career with 274 tackles (195 solo), 6.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and 23 passes defensed in 41 career games with Oakland. The Ravens now have one less inside linebackers, but did select Arthur Brown in the second round of the NFL draft. That leaves Brown and Jameel McClain as the likely starters, with Josh Bynes and Albert McClellanas the top contenders.
Well that was a fast and pointless NFL career. From the eighth overall pick by the Oakland Raiders to retired at the age of twenty-three. The most memorable moments of McClain’s NFL career was his multiple arrests. I hope that Rolando McClain had some life skills outside of tackling people and getting in trouble with the law. He has a lot of life ahead of him, and is going to need some form of income. What’s next, Titus Young announcing his retirement from prison?