In a shocking twist to his sudden downward spiral in recent years, Rolando McClain informed Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome of his intentions of retiring early Wednesday afternoon.
"Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL. We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list," Newsome stated.
McClain's off-field problems have been well-documented since his arrival as the eighth-overall pick in 2010.
In December of 2011, McClain was charged with third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm inside the city limits for a shooting incident that occurred the night before. He was sentenced in May of 2012 to spend 45 days in jail for each charge, totaling 180 days before he was freed on bond.
He was set to begin his sentence on June 1, 2012 for the charges. McClain would appeal the case and eventually settle out of court after allegedly reaching a financial agreement with the victim.
In January, McClain was pulled over for a window tint violation. He then provided the officer who pulled him over with a false name, prompting an arrest on the spot. McClain would be bailed out of jail later that day. On May 6, charges of providing false information to the police were dropped, although he did plead guilty to the tinted window violation.
McClain signed a one-year contract with the Ravens on April 12. Unfortunately, his latest arrest came just a little over a week after on April 21 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, which he in due in court for on July 9.
Barring a comeback down the road, McClain finishes his three-year NFL career with 274 tackles (195 solo), 6.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and 23 passes defensed in 41 career games with Oakland.
It's extremely unfortunate that guys like McClain and Titus Young don't have the right head on their shoulders to go along with their superb talent. Hopefully McClain can overcome his demons and eventually make another appearance in the NFL down the line.