UPDATE: Thursday, May 16th, at 3:54 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo:
Rolando McClain released a statement on his retirement from the NFL, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson:
'Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions. Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together. Beyond that, I am not sure what the future holds for me, including football. This was entirely my decision and the Ravens have been very supportive during this process. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and wish them the best of luck in the future. God willing, maybe I'll play for them one day.'
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Staff writer Ryan Mink broke the surprising news on the team's official website on Wednesday. McClain reportedly told Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome that he planned to retire, and Newsome subsequently placed him on the reserve/retired list on Wednesday.
After signing a one-year contract with Baltimore this offseason, it appeared McClain was getting a golden opportunity to get his career back on track. However, the off-field incidents continued, as McClain was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Decatur, Ala.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported last week that parting ways with McClain was still a definite possibility.
There's still a real chance the #Ravens end up moving on from Rolando McClain. They protected themselves salary-wise. No guaranteed money.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 7, 2013
This was in spite of the fact that Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta said even after McClain’s most recent run-in with the law that he deserved a second chance.
Is Rolando McClain done for good in the NFL?
Throughout his brief career, the ex-Alabama Crimson Tide star simply did not live up to the hype. 2011 was easily McClain’s best campaign, as he racked up 99 total tackles, five sacks and defended 14 passes.