McClain activated, but future remains uncertain

McClain activated, but future remains uncertain
April 17, 2014, 8:15 pm
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While the Ravens activated linebacker Rolando McClain from the reserve-retired list Thursday, his future with the team remained uncertain. McClain’s reinstatement was reported on the NFL’s list of transactions. However, the Ravens were not commenting, and it remained to be seen if McClain would participate Monday when the team was to begin its conditioning program.

McClain showed up late for an unimpressive workout on Tuesday, and the Ravens were likely seeking to settle his status in the near future. After being released by the Raiders last year, McClain never participated in a practice for the Ravens after they signed him, and he retired abruptly last May at the age of 24. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said McClain would be welcomed back if he proved himself. However, Tuesday’s workout was not a good start.

The Ravens lack depth at inside linebacker, despite re-signing Daryl Smith. Arthur Brown and Josh Bynes are slated to compete for a starting job opposite Smith, and Alabama draft prospect C. J. Mosley made a recent draft visit to the Ravens.

The Ravens signed McClain to a one-year veteran minimum contract of $700,000, so if he is serious about returning to the NFL, the Ravens are not taking much of a risk.