He's not some fresh face out of college, with the promise that brings.
He's played in the league. There's real tape on him. And he isn't that good.
I don't understand why people are so concerned at all about this situation. It's really a no-lose, non-issue.
One possibility is that he shows up for the OTA's in great shape. He stays committed. He is a great teammate. He runs all over the field, making plays, looking like the top ten pick that he is. He kicks ass in the preseason and earns a spot on the team.
The other possibility is we cut him.
Those are the only two I see, and either one is just fine.
And average at best as a pass defender. So your basic 2-down ILB. Good to have if he pans out.
Is that more of a reflection of just him, or is Oakland part of the story or both plus other circumstances?
Did they use him correctly?
How about Priest Holmes? Did he look that great in the Ravens' backfield?
It is not always so cut and dry.
And I believe in Ozzie knowing how good Rolando actually IS, and the difference between the Rolando that played at Alabama and the Rolando that played at Oakland.
Maybe he believes McClain can thrive HERE, where he didn't in Oakland.
It's not only right player, right price, it's also about the right system for that player.
He could be resurrected at the age of 25. Around the same age that Ed Reed began his pro career.
I'm glad we had the 24 year old Ed Reed rather than an age 20 Ed Reed.
The difference in those years can make all the difference.
It is just another factor to consider.
McClain still has the possibility of 8+ better years of football than he has played thus far.
And this year, we are paying him next to nothing to prove himself.
As far as we can bring somebody else in or draft somebody or his potential is gone... hes 24. I dont see the argument that he doesnt have potential to get better when hes like 1-2 years older than a good many of the prospects in this draft.
As others have said, no harm in kicking the tires here as the cost is low. But until I see evidence that McClain has changed his stripes, I'd absolutely rather have Bynes on my team.
The caveat is that anybody wanting money "wants" to play (just ask McKinnie), what happens afterwards?
Right now we have the catbird seat and need a good read on the fire he has to come back.
Waiting a year could be an option, bringing him in now then cutting him opens the door for every other team.... I'm sure Ozzie will be trying to read that if/when he meets with him.... he is better than the Michael McAdoos and Adrian Hamiltons if he has his attitude right
We are only putting him in camp and he will notice when he actually turns up that we (from what I hear) have a more positive team culture than OAK.
I would have hoped Ozzie reached out to him before and stayed in touch if only for the chance to see if he can be a good player for the ravens with not much downside.
I think it will be a good test of harbaugh to see if he can integrate mcclain. mike zimmer did a great job with burfict at CIN and although he does boneheaded stuff he is an asset to that team on balance (for an UDFA).
I would love to see him at camp.
Edit ok I realise he isn't signed at the moment