Now that middle linebacker Rolando McClain has been reinstated from the reserve-retired list, sources say the plan is for him to join the Ravens at their offseason program as soon as Monday.
The organizational stance on McClain remains largely unchanged since the Ravens signed him to a one-year, $700,000 contract a year ago that included no guaranteed money.
The Ravens view the 2010 Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick and former Butkus Award winner from Alabama as a relatively low-risk, high reward project. McClain can earn an additional $400,000 in incentives based on playing time, but he isn't due any money unless he makes the 53-man roster.
McClain had a rough workout for the Ravens earlier this week at their training complex, where he struggled in drills and was unable to complete the team's conditioning test, a series of six timed 150-yard runs. However, the Ravens would still like to see what the 6-foot-4, 250-pound linebacker can do after he gets in better shape under the supervision of their strength and conditioning staff.
Contrary to reports, a source said McClain wasn't late arriving for the workout at team headquarters.
McClain abruptly retired from the NFL last year after he was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. He has spent the past year going back to school at Alabama to complete his undergraduate degree, spending time with his two young sons and taking care of personal issues.
McClain's case is still pending in the Alabama court system and was recently delayed due to a scheduling conflict with his Denver-based lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, who has represented him in previous legal cases that have been resolved.
McClain, 24, hasn't played in an NFL game since late in the 2012 season when he was with the Raiders.
For his career, McClain has 246 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and one interception.
The Raven re-signed middle linebacker Daryl Smith to a four-year contract worth up to $16.1 million this offseason, but they lost starting inside linebacker Jameel McClain in free agency to the New York Giants.
The projected starter at weakside inside linebacker is Arthur Brown, and Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan are the top backups.
The Ravens brought in Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, the Co-Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, for an official visit this week.