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Rolando McClain talks about potential comeback

Speaking to Alabama reporters, McClain discusses that he's thinking of coming back to the NFL.

Rolando McClain is still weighing his options about an NFL return.
Rolando McClain is still weighing his options about an NFL return.
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Rolando McClain is still pondering his NFL future.

After the Carroll County Times reported that McClain was planning a return to the league this year, McClain spoke to Alabama reporters at the school's Pro Day on Wednesday to discuss potentially making a return to football.

"I'm not going to wait for the door to closed," McClain said, via "Right now, I think it's still open, but I still have some things to get in order before I make that decision."

McClain previously told ESPN The Magazine last fall that he was battling some personal issues that resulted in anger, which was one of the reasons he decided to retire. He went back to Alabama to finish his degree and was reportedly in a better mental state to think about football.

It seems McClain knows that at his young age, he needs to give football one more run before it's too late. At the same time, he has to work on bettering himself before rushing back into the game.

"Right now, I'm just focusing on finishing up my degree," McClain said. "I've been working out to stay in shape, but s---, I'm only 24. It's not hard to get out of shape. I don't know. Football is football. Right now, I don't have any plans."

With the potential of losing Daryl Smith in free agency, the Ravens could use McClain for depth purposes at minimum. Remember, McClain was signed for the spot before Smith was. But by the same token, Smith did an admirable job at middle linebacker a year ago, leading the team in tackles with 123.

McClain would probably be given a chance but he wouldn't be handed a job. That's not how the Ravens work.

But with the kind of player McClain was during his days at Alabama, the Ravens would likely give McClain a good shot at proving he's worthy of being an NFL contributor. That is, if he does in fact decide to make a return.