Although McClain says "nothing is set in stone" about his return, he acknowledges that he's been "training and preparing as if I'm going to come back."
McClain explained his brief retirement as a time to set his "priorities straight" and figure himself out.
"I'm excited about the game again," McClain told Zenitz. "I'm excited to play. I'm excited to be around some damn teammates."
Newsome isn't alone in his fondness for McClain, though. At the NFL Annual Meeting last week, coach John Harbaugh said he's "kind of excited" about the linebacker "if he's working his rear end off."
After receiving "glowing reviews" on McClain's reprioritized life from Alabama coach Nick Saban, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has given the green light to Newsome and Harbaugh.
If McClain is welcomed back to the fold, he would have to beat out Josh Bynes and Brown for playing time and prove worthy of a roster spot.