Ravens Linebacker Rolando McClain Has Decided to Retire at the Age of 23

Ravens Linebacker Rolando McClain Has Decided to Retire at the Age of 23Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports

Last month, former Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain signed a one-year contract with the Ravens. He was expected to hold down the starting middle linebacker spot for Baltimore next season. But earlier today, McClain told Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome that he is retiring from the sport of football.

Why? Well, at this point, that's anyone's guess. But over the course of the last two years, McClain has had several run-ins with the law, including one that took place in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. on April 22 that ended with him getting arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. In the past, he's also been arrested for his role in a shooting and for attempting to conceal his identity after getting pulled over for driving with a dark tint on his car windows. So his NFL career had been anything but smooth sailing since the came into the league in 2010.

The Ravens have placed McClain on the Reserve/Retired list. But at just 23 years of age, is he really done with the NFL? It seems like such a waste to retire now. We'll have to keep an eye on him to see if he returns to the league one day.

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