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Rolando McClain eager to play with Ravens

Told The Carroll County Times he's ready to play football in 2014.

Rolando McClain is hoping to return to football this year.
Rolando McClain is hoping to return to football this year.

Inside linebacker Rolando McClain is hopeful that he can return to the game of football this season.

Shortly after being signed to a one-year deal last offseason, McClain was arrested during what authorities described as a disturbance at a park in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. It was his third arrest in two years, and it caused him to reflect on his time away from the game. He announced his retirement and moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he began working on finishing his degree at the University of Alabama.

Almost a year later, McClain will possibly speak with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome on Friday about resuming his career. If he's welcomed back, McClain said he'll begin offseason workouts with the club when Phase One begins on April 21.

"There were a lot of changes I had to make," McClain told The Carroll County Times' Matt Zenitz. "I’ve got two little boys that look up and depend on me every day, and I want to be there for them and am going to be there for them every day. So as a man, as a Christian, as a father, you take time to set all your priorities straight."

McClain was taken by the Raiders with the eighth overall pick in 2010. His career never lived up to expectations after emerging as a collegiate star at Alabama.

The Ravens took a flier on him after Oakland cut him a year ago.

McClain may have one last chance to make it in the NFL and it's possibly going to come thanks to the Ravens. If he's willing to put in the work, I'm sure the Ravens will be happy to let someone with his potential give his career one last go.