Former Alabama star LB Rolando McClain was a standout in college --- but a massive bust in the NFL.
Linebacker Rolando McClain’s NFL career is over at age 23.
The Baltimore Ravens placed the troubled former first-round draft pick on the reserve/retired list Wednesday, about a month after he signed a one-year contract with the team on April 12.
“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said.
After signing with the Ravens, McClain was arrested 10 days later in Decatur, Ala., and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He faces a July 9 court date on those charges.
McClain’s past legal troubles include a December 2011 arrest on a third-degree assault charge and an arrest for a window tint violation on his vehicle this past January.
The eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by Oakland, McClain played in 41 games during his brief three-year career and had 274 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble for the Raiders.
With McClain out of the picture at inside linebacker, the Ravens are left 2013 second-round draft pick Arthur Brown, Jameel McClain, Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan.
RAIDERS SIGN PROLIFIC RETURN MAN CRIBBS: Free agent return specialist Josh Cribbs followed a recent “great visit” with the Oakland Raiders by signing a contract with the team Wednesday.
The Raiders were one of a handful of teams to show interest in Cribbs, who is primarily a kick returner but also had a role as a receiver with the Cleveland Browns.
Cribbs was on the verge of signing a deal with Arizona early in the free-agent period and also had at least lukewarm interest from the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, but the Cardinals and Jets were openly concerned about the health of his knees. The 29-year-old Cribbs was not fully recovered from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
The Raiders might be interested in using Cribbs as a receiver. His best year as a receiver was in 2011 when he had 41 receptions and four touchdowns.
For his career, Cribbs has eight kickoff returns for touchdowns, which is tied for the NFL record.
Packers CEO says Favre jersey retirement ‘will happen’: The return of Brett Favre to Lambeau Field? Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said it’s time to make peace with the retired quarterback.
“We want to have (Favre) back in the family,” said Murphy, speaking at the Packers Tailgate Tour.
The winding road from Packers cult hero to public enemy and division rival leads back to Green Bay and a jersey retirement ceremony, at minimum, according to Murphy. He said the timing has to work for both sides but it “will happen.”
Favre retired in March 2008, then reversed course and said he wanted to come back. But the Packers had closed the door on Favre in favor of 2005 first-round pick Aaron Rodgers. The three-time NFL MVP was traded to the Jets and played two more seasons with the Vikings.
Murphy said the door to the organization will soon be unlocked. Favre and Rodgers began defrosting their icy relationship at the Super Bowl in New Orleans and were co-presenters of the Comeback Player of the Year Award. Murphy called that a symbolic “great first step.”
“We’re hopeful to have (Favre) back in the fold and get him back involved in the organization soon,” Murphy said.
Rodgers, discussing his relationship with Favre on his radio show, said he wanted to let Favre and the fans know everyone was ready to move on together.
“Let’s heal things up and move forward,” he said.
Citing bad knees, Jet’ Garrard pulls out of QB race, opts to retire: Any New York Jets quarterback competition will have to go on without David Garrard.
Garrard plans to retire because of chronic knee issues. Garrard, 35, had signed a one-year contract to compete for the starting job with incumbent Mark Sanchez.
Schein reported he received a text from Garrard on Wednesday that said “Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do.”
Garrard has not appeared in a game since the 2010 season with Jacksonville but had a strong training camp with the Miami Dolphins before he suffered a knee injury, cutting short a bid for a comeback from back surgery.
He suffered the training camp injury August, when it appeared he might contend for the starting job that was won by rookie Ryan Tannehill.
If Garrard retires, the Jets would still be well-stocked behind Sanchez. Rookie second-round pick Geno Smith, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms remain on the roster. But Sanchez struggled last season and without Garrard, the position lacks an experienced option. Tim Tebow was released one week after Smith was drafted.