Ravens To Let McClain Test Market

The Ravens would like to re-sign the fullback, but he may see what the market will bear.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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Fullback Le’Ron McClain has said multiple times that he wanted more carries last season, and the Ravens will allow him to seek them out.

Likely to become an unrestricted free agent, McClain will test the open market three years after he led the team with 908 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

“Le’Ron McClain is a ball-carrier, too,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said from the NFL Scouting Combine.  “He’s not just a fullback. The market’s going to declare that a little bit. 

“I’d like to have Le’Ron signed right now, but I think he’s interested to see what the market’s going to bear for him.”

Harbaugh noted that the uncertain collective bargaining agreement makes it difficult to make roster decisions at this point of the offseason.

But it could hurt to lose a two-time Pro Bowl fullback.

Last season, McClain had only 28 carries for 85 yards and 21 receptions for 134 yards.  He did not score a touchdown.

With McClain blowing up defenders, however, Ray Rice was able to top 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past two seasons.

“It’s a great fit blocking in this offense, if that’s all you want to do every week,” McClain recently told the Carroll County Times. “When you feel like you can give a lot more and have proven you can do a lot more and all you’re doing is blocking, it’s a little frustrating at times when they’re telling you, ‘All you got to do is go block this guy.’ But I never let it get to me. I take pride in my game.

“I gave it my all. With all my heart and might and will, I blocked for Ray Rice. My frustration comes from wanting to do more. When we lost that game against Pittsburgh in the playoffs to not even get one attempt, it was pretty frustrating.”

The Ravens recently signed veteran fullback Jason McKie, who was added to the team for five weeks last year when McClain sprained his ankle.

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