Rolando McClain "retires" at the age of 23

Rolando McClain retires from the NFL

5/15/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Rolando McClain "retires" at the age of 23If you had told former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis in 2010 that Rolando McClain would retire as a Baltimore Raven at the age of 23, it's safe to say that Davis would not have rolled the dice on McClain with the 8th overall pick in that year's draft. Unfortunately, no one could have predicted that McClain would call it a career just 37 months after being drafted, in large part due to the absurdity of the concept.

Lo and behold, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome announced Tuesday that McClain is retiring from the NFL. "Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL. We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list," Newsome said.

There is plenty of reason to be skeptical of McClain's alleged "retirement," as there was a good chance that he would have been released by the Ravens anyway, and may have pulled this move to save face.

McClain was given a non-guaranteed contract after being released by the Raiders, and the general consensus was that McClain was dealing with a "one strike, you're out" type situation. McClain was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest 11 days after signing with the Ravens.

McClain has a number of legal issues to sort out, and he very well may attempt to return to the NFL once he settles those legal issues and (hopefully) matures. Though he struggles dropping into coverage, McClain is still a formidable linebacker against the run, and could have been a contributor for the Ravens on early downs. Instead, he'll be sitting at home, in law offices, and/or in jail during football season this year.

If McClain never plays again, he will have finished his short lived career with 244 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. According to Pro Football Reference, McClain has provided the 36th most value of the players drafted in 2010, and is obviously about to plummet in those rankings. For what it's worth, Rob Gronkowski has provided the most value of the 2010 draftees.
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5/15/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

As an Alabama fan this shocks me. I never thought he would fail as a pro. It goes to show how much Saban controlled every player he had, and once they left, a lot of his players are lost without that same discipline.