The Baltimore Ravens made another free-agency addition on Friday when inside linebacker Rolando McClain passed his physical and was rewarded with a one-year, $1.1 million maximum-value contract from the team. However, unlike their other signings this offseason, it'll take a bit of time to see if McClain was a steal for the price or simply a low-risk experiment.
McClain, the Oakland Raiders' eighth-overall pick in the 2010 draft, has often been called a bust after three seasons in Oakland were marked by inconsistent, oft-disappointing production as well as a number of legal and character issues. He's appeared in 41 games, with a total of 244 combined tackles, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble, an interception and 20 passes defensed.
His best season came in 2011, when he notched five of those 6.5 sacks and 14 passes defensed and 99 combined tackles. His 2012 season came to an early end, however, after being suspended by the team after a heated argument with Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. He was then unceremoniously released from his contract in early April.
Clearly, the Ravens snagged McClain to meet an immediate need at an affordable price. At best, McClain will take over as a full-time starter for the retired Ray Lewis; at worst, he'll be released in training camp for a very small ($700,000) salary cap hit.