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Ravens bring back ILB McClain

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By PFW staff

The Ravens have re-signed one of their top targets, ILB Jameel McClain. The deal is for three years, with financial terms not announced.

Playing alongside Ray Lewis, McClain had an impressive 2011 season. He started all 16 games, recording 84 tackles, one sack and one interception.

Set to enter his fifth NFL season, McClain, who turns 27 in July, ranked 95th on PFW’s ranking of the top 100 free agents this year.  

“We are pleased this worked out for us,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “It has been our hope to bring [McClain] back, even when he became a free agent. Personally, I have tremendous respect and admiration for Jameel as a player, but also his life story. We are proud of him, and we know our fans are, too.

“Jameel understands what it is to be a Raven, to play like one, and he is an integral part of our team, especially our defense,” Harbaugh added. “With Jameel and Brendon back, our linebackers group is very solid right now.”

McClain has never missed a regular-season game for the Ravens, playing in 64-consecutive contests and starting 31-of-32 games over the past two seasons. McClain has been a key component of the Ravens’ stop unit, which has boasted the NFL’s third-ranked scoring defense (points allowed) for four consecutive seasons, tying an NFL record.

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