McClain played only three years in the NFL, all with the Oakland Raiders, up until being signed in April to the Baltimore Ravens. McClain was an outside linebacker and was brought in to help with the loss of OLBs Paul Krugger and Darnell Ellerbe.
After signing with the Ravens on April 12th, McClain was arrested on the 22nd for disorderly conduct. This wasn’t the first time he’s been in trouble with the law however. McClain was arrested back in December 2011 and charged with 3rd degree assault. Just in January, McClain was pulled over for a tint violation and gave police wrong information about his identity.
McClain, who was a first round draft pick, 8th overall, finishes his NFL career with 274 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and 23 passes defended (all with Oakland).
While the official reason for McClain’s retirement is unknown, we can certainly speculate that pressure from the Ravens front office to fix offseason mishaps played apart. Ozzie Newsome, GM of the Ravens, has been pushing to change the image of the Ravens from “thugs” to a prestigious football club, and certainly someone with a track record like McClain doesn’t fit in.
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