John Fennelly, Lead Writer
There was some concern that Cribbs’ knee (meniscus surgery) even though he passed a physical earlier this year in Arizona and then again in Oakland. The Cardinals cooled on Cribbs after taking Tyrann Mathieu in the draft.
Former Raider and current Raven LB Rolando McClain has left the game and business of football according to Ryan Mink of baltimoreravens.com:
The Ravens placed the inside linebacker and former first-round pick on the reserve/retired list Wednesday afternoon, General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced.
“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Newsome stated. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.”
McClain signed a one-year contract with the Ravens on April 12, but was arrested just 10 days later in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. It was the latest in a string of off-field problems for McClain since entering the league in 2010 as the eighth-overall pick.
It wasn’t too long ago when we (and other sites) were begging Jerry Reese to draft McClain, who was all-world at Alabama. The Giants held the 15th pick in the first round and waited their turn as usual. Oakland snatched McClain up with the 8th overall pick. The Giants ended up with DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Sometimes, it pays to be patient.
For those who had hoped the Giants would sign free agent LB Brian Urlacher, the latest developments are making this signing highly unlikely. Two teams (Broncos and Vikings) showed interest in the soon-to-be 35 year-old ex-Bear standout this week, but both have withdrawn. Denver backed off their pursuit yesterday and today Minnesota stated they are no longer interested in Urlacher.
The Giants addressed their MLB opening this offseason by signing Dan Connor. They also signed veteran Aaron Curry this past weekend and added UDFA Etienne Sabino into the LB mix, so there doesn’t appear to be any room for Urlacher at this time.