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Report: Former top-10 pick Rolando McClain planning NFL comeback

By John Breech |

Rolando McClain is eyeing a return to football. (USATSI)
Rolando McClain is eyeing a return to football. (USATSI)

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Former NFL linebacker Rolando McClain announced back in May that he was retiring, but apparently that retirement's not permanent. The eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft plans on returning to football in 2014, according to the Carroll County Times.

After three arrests in 17 months, McClain decided to retire so that he could get his 'personal life together.' McClain was first arrested in December 2011 in an incident where all the charges were eventually dropped. The 2011 arrest was followed up by an arrest in January 2013 where McClain was charged with a window tint violation and for giving false information to a police officer.

McClain's most recent incident happened in April 2013, when he was arrested less than two weeks after signing a contract with the Ravens. One month after that arrest, McClain announced his retirement.

According to the Carroll County Times, McClain has been working out regularly and is in a better place mentally. Since retiring, McClain has been taking classes at the University of Alabama where he's majoring in family financial planning.

Back in October McClain said that retirement was the best thing for him, telling ESPN the Magazine that he was afraid of turning out like Aaron Hernandez. "I was feeling like Aaron Hernandez or something," McClain said. "Like I just wanted to kill somebody."

The 24-year-old also said the he spent almost $600,000 on friends and family after signing his first NFL contract.

That contract -- a five-year, $40-million deal -- came in 2010 when the Raiders made him the eighth overall pick in the NFL Draft. After only three seasons with the team, McClain was released by Oakland in April 2013.

If McClain does make it back to the NFL, he'll have to make a call to Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome. Thanks to the contract McClain signed in April 2013, the Ravens still own his rights.

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