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Regardless of what happens with Le’Ron McClain, the Ravens are looking to add a big fullback this offseason.
Should a new collective bargaining agreement be reached between NFL owners and the NFL Players Association, McClain is expected to become an unrestricted free agent.
McClain has made no secret of his desire to tote the rock more after leading the Ravens in rushing and touchdowns in 2009.
Regardless of McClain’s situation, however, the Ravens, who have Ray Rice as their primary ball-carrier, would like a fullback like the Alabama product in their backfield.
“The type of running game, the things that we’ve done here, the type of offense and the type of a team we want to be dictates a big, physical fullback,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said in a conference call with season-ticket holders on Wednesday evening. “That’s not all we’re going to do. You need to do some other things. You need to pass protect. You need to get out and run routes and all of that.
“You need to carry the ball a little bit, but I think a big, physical blocking fullback would help us – even if we’re able to keep Le’Ron.”
McClain totaled 232 rushes for 902 yards and 10 scores two seasons ago, but was drawn back into more of a blocking role as Rice earned his stripes.
The four-year veteran has said he still wants to play in purple and black, but he also wants to touch the ball more.
“Le’Ron is probably going evolve his role as a runner in the national football league,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it can be here with the Ravens, but we want to put a bruising fullback in front of our running backs if we can.”
Currently, the Ravens have Jason McKie (5-foot-11, 247 pounds) under contract. The veteran fullback played seven years with the Chicago Bears before joining the Ravens towards the end of the 2010 campaign when McClain injured his ankle.