By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
4:52 PM EDT, April 22, 2014
The Ravens made it official, placing middle linebacker Rolando McClain on the reserve-retired list again.
McClain announced his retirement on Monday, and a source close to the situation told The Baltimore Sun that it's a permanent decision.
It's the second time in the past year that McClain has retired and that the Ravens have designated him on the reserve-retired list.
That means the Ravens retain his rights should he change his mind.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder struggled in a workout last week at team headquarters, but was reinstated from the reserve-retired list he was placed on originally last year and was scheduled to participate in the Ravens' offseason conditioning program that started Monday.
However, McClain instead opted to give up football.
A 2010 Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick who was a consensus All-American and Butkus Award winner at Alabama, McClain was signed to a one-year, $700,000 contract a year ago that included no guaranteed money with another $400,000 in playing-time incentives.
McClain never played a down for the Ravens, retiring last year after he was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest stemming from an incident with police in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.
McClain played three NFL seasons, registering 246 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and one interception.