Various media reports have the Ravens possibly being close to a deal with former Raider linebacker Rolando McClain.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday morning that the Ravens and McClain's people will be talking again today to try and finish a deal, but they aren't there yet.
The Raiders let McClain go last week, and the former Alabama star would be a good fit for the Ravens' needs at linebacker. GM Ozzie Newsome has been working throughout the off-season to fill a number of holes on the defense that popped up since free agency started after the Ravens won the Super Bowl.
However, McClain didn't have an easy 2012. ESPN.com reported that he was suspended for two games (conduct detrimental to the team) and was taken out of the starting lineup early last seasons (pass coverage problems, wore out playing every down).
He played 41 games with the Ravens and had 6.5 sacks and one interception.
ESPN.com also reported that he was "involved in a shooting in Alabama in November 2011 when he left the team briefly during the season to attend a family funeral. McClain had been convicted of four misdemeanors in May, but he appealed the verdict and the charges were dropped when the accuser told prosecutors he no longer wanted to pursue the case."
It will be interesting to see what kind of a role McClain would wind up having if he signs with the Ravens. If he had pass coverage troubles in Oakland, would that still be a problem here, or do the Ravens' coaches see things that give them confidence?
Also, playing with the Ravens is a long way from playing with some of the poor Oakland teams McClain's been on, so that could have an affect also.