The final chapter in the Rolando McClain saga may have unfolded Monday when the middle linebacker informed the Ravens that he intends to retire.
This marked the second time in the past year that McClain has announced he’s walking away from football. This time, McClain said it's a permanent decision.
“I'm done,” McClain told ESPN in a text message. “If football made me complete I would play. But whenever I think of it my heart pulls me away from whatever reason.”
A league source confirmed to The Baltimore Sun that McClain's decision is firm and thaat he won’t be changing his mind. The Ravens issued no comment on McClain and didn’t immediately change the roster status of the 2010 Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick, who has a history of legal problems.
McClain was reinstated by the Ravens from the reserve-retired list last week despite struggling with his conditioning during a workout at their training complex. The plan was for the former Alabama consensus All-American and Butkus Award winner to participate in the Ravens' offseason conditioning program that began Monday. But McClain had a change of heart.
The Ravens viewed McClain all along as a low-risk investment, considering his contact included no guaranteed money. They signed the 6-foot-4, 250-pound linebacker a year ago to a one-year, $700,000 contract that included no signing bonus with an additional $400,000 in playing-time incentives available if he made the team.
McClain never wound up playing a down for the Ravens, though, abruptly retiring last year after he was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following an incident at a park in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.
McClain's case is still pending in the Alabama court system and was recently delayed due to a scheduling conflict with his lawyer.
McClain, 24, hasn't played in an NFL game since late in the 2012 season, before he was suspended by the Raiders for conduct detrimental to the team following an argument with coach Dennis Allen.
For his career, McClain had 246 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and one interception. He spent the past year enrolled in school at Alabama to work toward his undergraduate degree while also spending time with his two young sons and taking care of personal issues, including going through a divorce.
“The day 'I' start living for other people will be the day I die,” McClain wrote Monday on his official Twitter account. “You only get one life, and only God can judge u for what you did with it. .. Kai and Jordy said they wanted daddy to come home. That's all the reassurance I need!!”