According to ProFootballTalk.com, it sounds like Rolando McClain’s decision to retire is a way for him to clean up his life and possibly return to the NFL at some point if he’s successful at staying out of trouble for an extended period of time.
One source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the decision to retire was made solely by McClain, with no influence from the team. McClain, we’re told, wants to focus solely on getting himself together before continuing his football career. The Ravens have offered to be a resource for McClain during this process, a consideration that likely flows in part from McClain’s connection to Alabama, where G.M. Ozzie Newsome played college football.
I believe McClain has what it takes to be one of the best linebackers in the NFL, but he clearly has some demons he needs to wrestle with before he can continue his career.
The Ravens will continue to own McClain’s rights. So if he does come back it would likely be with them.