Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team will look to bring in another big fullback this offseason regardless of what happens with Le'Ron McClain. Maybe the reason is the Ravens are contemplating re-signing McClain and using him more as a backup running back.
McClain led the Ravens in rushing in 2008, gaining 902 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns when Lorenzo Neal was the primary fullback. The Ravens likely will need a backup running back because the team is expected to release or trade Willis McGahee, who is scheduled to make $6 million in 2011.
That's why the Ravens have put fullback among their needs.
"The type of running game, the things that we've done here, the type of offense and the type of a team we want to be dictates a big, physical fullback," Harbaugh said. "That's not all we're going to do. You need to do some other things. You need to pass protect. You need to get out and run routes and all of that."Harbaugh added, "You need to carry the ball a little bit, but I think a big, physical blocking fullback would help us – even if we're able to keep Le'Ron."
McClain's carries have decreased the past two years, which caused him to start a campaign "McClain 4 RB" this past offseason. He ran for 85 yards on 28 carries last season.
At 260 pounds, McClain would be the physical runner who would complement starting running back Ray Rice.
"Le'Ron is probably going evolve his role as a runner in the National Football League," Harbaugh said. "We'll keep our fingers crossed that it can be here with the Ravens, but we want to put a bruising fullback in front of our running backs if we can."
Earlier this offseason, the Ravens re-signed Jason McKie, who joined the Ravens in Week 12 last year but didn't suit up for a game.
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