For the first time in the process of overhauling the unit, Baltimore is bringing in a player with serious baggage. The 23-year-old has been arrested twice since 2011 - once for charges in relation to a shooting in Decatur, Ala., and this year for a window-tint violation where he provided officers with a false identity.
After being found guilty initially in the 2011 incident, charges were dropped after an appeal when a settlement was reached.
On the field, McClain has made 246 tackles, including 6.5 sacks, in 41 career games (38 starts), primarily spent at middle linebacker over his first three seasons with Oakland.
He hasn’t quite lived up to what was expected of him when he was selected eighth overall in 2010. But he’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 259 lbs., and his physical tools are undeniable. The Ravens have a hole at middle linebacker following Ray Lewis’ retirement and Dannell Ellerbe’s departure via free agency, and on a one-year commitment, McClain could prove to be a low-risk, high-reward addition.
He joins former Raiders safety Michael Huff, former Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil, former Cowboys defensive lineman Marcus Spears and former Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty as new additions to the Baltimore defense.