Rolando McClain, who was released from his contract by the Oakland Raiders, will sign a one-year deal with the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.
“It’s a move that can’t go wrong and I’m looking forward to playing in Baltimore as the Ravens run the same or very similar defense as I was a part of at the University of Alabama,” said McClain in an exclusive interview with the Madison Weekly News.
McClain, who recently moved his wife and two children to Madison, has been in talk with the Ravens the past two weeks. He’s scheduled to travel to Baltimore to sign the contract and get acquainted with the Ravens program.
“Ray Lewis retired after winning the Super Bowl and I look to fill his slot,” said McClain. “No one can fill his shoes, but I can fill his slot. I just want to fill out the shoes of Rolando McClain. This is a perfect fit for me personally.”
McClain will join his former Alabama teammate Terrence Cody on the Ravens’ defense. In addition, former Alabama defensive standout Courtney Upshaw is also on the team roster.
“The off season program in Baltimore begins next week,” said McClain. “I’ve been working out on my own. Playing football is like riding a bike. You never forget.”
By Bob Labbe