Troubled linebacker McClain retires at 23

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Linebacker Rolando McClain has told the Baltimore Ravens that he's retiring from the NFL.

The 23-year-old McClain played three seasons with the Oakland Raiders before signing a one-year contract with Baltimore as a free agent on April 12.

"Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday. "We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list."

Ten days after signing with the Ravens, McClain was arrested in Decatur, Alabama, and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

It was the third time McClain was arrested in Decatur since 2011. He was previously charged in a 2011 shooting, and police arrested him in January on charges of having his car windows tinted too darkly and trying to lie about his identity.

McClain was sentenced to jail on an assault charge after the shooting, but prosecutors later dismissed the case.

A city judge dismissed the January charge against McClain of trying to lie about his identity. He pleaded guilty to the window tint violation and paid a $182 fine.

Before joining the Ravens, McClain spent his first three NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Alabama.

In 41 games with Oakland he had 274 tackles, 61/2; sacks and one interception. In his final season, he was suspended for two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

Jets

The New York Jets quarterback competition will be between just two now.

David Garrard — the oft-injured veteran who was preparing to compete with Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith for the starting gig — reportedly plans to leave the team due to nagging knee issues.

In a text message to SNY TV and SiriusXM radio host Adam Schein, Garrard wrote: "Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do."

Just a few weeks ago, however, Garrard told reporters he hoped "politics" wouldn't factor into the decision as to who would start in Week 1. Now his tenure with the Jets appears to be over before it ever truly began.

Garrard — a former Jaguar — took off the 2011 season in order to recover from surgery on a herniated disk and signed as a backup quarterback with the Dolphins last offseason. But he was forced to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in August 2012 and subsequently was cut by the team less than a month later.


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