The McClain deal appears done

The McClain deal appears done
April 10, 2013, 7:00 pm
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The Rolando McClain deal appears to be done.

The Baltimore Sun, ESPN.com and other places are reporting that the former Alabama and Oakland Raiders linebacker has signed a deal with the Ravens. The Sun is reporting that this will be a one-year deal for McClain, and both sites are saying he's coming to town for a physical and to meet with team officials in the next day or two.

ESPN.com said that McClain spoke with a paper in Alabama and said he's really happy about having the chance to play for the Ravens.

"It's a move that can't go wrong and I'm looking forward to playing in Baltimore as the Ravens run the same or very similar defense as I was a part of at the University of Alabama," he told the Madison (Ala.) Weekly News, according to ESPN.com.

This is the kind of deal that could help McClain get back on track after the problems he's had on and off the field the last few years. It's no secret the Ravens needed help at linebacker, and this might not be that much of a gamble, especially with it being a one-year deal. 

If McClain causes trouble or doesn't fit, they can let him go without much trouble. But if he's good, the Ravens could keep him for awhile. 

"Ray Lewis retired after winning the Super Bowl and I look to fill his slot," McClain told the newspaper, according to ESPN.com. "No one can fill his shoes, but I can fill his slot. I just want to fill out the shoes of Rolando McClain. This is a perfect fit for me personally."