Rolando McClain was a hyped linebacker and considered a can’t-miss prospect by some when he came out of Alabama in 2010. However, things went downhill from there. After three seasons in the NFL filled with off-the-field issues, McClain has decided to retire, according to the team website.
“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” general manager Ozzie Newsome stated. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.”
If this holds, it’s quite an end to a turbulent few years. After being drafted by the Raiders, the arrests started rolling in. He was arrested in December 2011 and later found guilty of third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm within city limits in Decatur, AL. The charges were later dismissed on appeal when the victim refused to press charges.
McClain would end up being arrested two more times in Alabama, both of misdemeanor charges, the latest coming on April 21 of this year when he was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
McClain signed with the Ravens on April 12. His departure leaves the Ravens short one linebacker, but the team does have options to replace him. McClain ends his career with 274 tackles, 6.5 sacks and an interception.