Wake-up caw: McClain meeting with Ravens

April, 4, 2014
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Retired linebacker Rolando McClain told the Carroll County Times that he is expected to meet with Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome in Alabama on Friday to discuss a potential return.

If Newsome signs off on his comeback, McClain thinks he will report to the Ravens offseason program, which begins April 21.

"I'm excited about the game again," McClain told the paper. "I'm excited to play."

At the NFL owners meetings, coach John Harbaugh said he hasn't talked to McClain about playing for the Ravens. The Ravens hold the rights on McClain, who abruptly retired last offseason.

"To me, it all depends on a couple things. Who [is he] as a person right now? Has he grown up?" Harbaugh said last week. "He had a lot of growing up to do obviously. And how hard he's working, how hard he's working at Alabama right now. If he's working his rear end off, then I'm kind of excited about him. If he's not, then I've got no interest in him being on our team."

The Ravens are expected to start Daryl Smith and Arthur Brown at inside linebacker, but Harbaugh said he wants to add depth at that position.

Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
  • If the Ravens don't draft an offensive tackle, the favorite to start at right tackle is Rick Wagner. “I just want to be a consistent guy across the board, whether it’s run or pass protection," Wagner told the team's official website. "I want to be a consistent guy, a smart player who knows the playbook from front to back. I think there is just such little room for error, and you’re definitely paying attention to every detail. And you want to make sure you’re showing your best game for the coaches.” Wagner is a fifth-round pick from a year ago.
  • Wide receiver Steve Smith told The Baltimore Sun that he's planning to drive Friday to Ravens headquarters, where he wants to get in a workout, meet up with more of his new teammates and then get his locker situated. "I’m excited, I’m happy and I’m ready to play, and I’m ready to be an asset to this team and bring whatever they expect from me," Smith said at a football camp he's hosting at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. "Whatever that expectation is, honestly, my job and my mindset is to exceed that.”
  • In case you missed it, here's my post about why tight end Owen Daniels is such a key addition for the Ravens.
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Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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