His off-field behavior was a concern, as was his sub-par play on the field with the Raiders. McClain was once an eighth-overall draft pick in need of something to get his career back on track.
But then he was arrested in Decatur, Ala. just two weeks after he signed with the Ravens. Not too long later, McClain announced his retirement from football.
Now, according to Matt Zenitz at the Carroll County Times, McClain has told people he plans to come back and play football in 2014.
According to a source close to Rolando McClain, McClain has been telling people that he plans on unretiring and playing this year— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) March 10, 2014
Per the source,McClain has gotten his life more in order, is in good shape and has been talking about playing in '14 since at least the fall— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) March 10, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson tweeted that the notion of a definite return "premature."
Source says nothing imminent as far as a Rolando McClain comeback, called it "premature." Can always change later— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 10, 2014
The Ravens own McClain's rights if he decides to return, meaning that ultimately any decision concerning his football career would be up to the organization.