For the Baltimore Ravens, the fleeting acquisition of Rolando McClain represents a rare misstep for a team that rarely misses.
"For the Ravens, Ro's being fair to them," Saban told reporters Saturday, via the Baltimore Sun. "What he's saying is that he's not ready to play rather than them having to release him, where someone else can claim him. They can retain his rights.
"I think he likes the Ravens organization. I think he likes (coach) John (Harbaugh), I think he likes (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome). He appreciates the fact that they gave him an opportunity, so I think he's doing the right thing."
McClain issued a statement this week explaining that his retirement was a choice in favor of getting his life together after a snowstorm of off-the-field arrests and chaos.
That's a stretch. It's also a stretch to paint McClain's decision as a favor to the Ravens, but the Ravens -- one of football's most consistent organizations -- isn't losing any sleep over the hiccup.
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