Baltimore Ravens Pro-Bowl Fullback, Le’Ron McClain, has signed his restricted free agent tender, worth $2.396 million. McClain had until June 15th to sign this tender before the Ravens could officially offer him a deal as low as $46,676 (10% of his 2009 salary).
The restricted free agent tender is similarl to the franchise tag, in that it is a one year deal. Most players hold out before signing tender offers because they want a long term deal, which is understandable.
Nearly $2.5 million for a fullback is good money, but since McClain is a pro bowl player with proven running back skills, the Ravens were fortunate to keep him in Baltimore for the 2010 season.
McClain feels fortunate to be a Raven as well. “I love Baltimore… I don’t want to be anywhere else,” said McClain.
Along with the signing of other restricted free agents Jared Gaither and Dawan Landry, the Ravens’ signing of McClain puts a happy ending to an unfortunate two days, in which the team was banned from their final OTA session next week.
All in all, this is a good way to end a strong first half of the off-season for the Baltimore Ravens.
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*quote source: Mike Duffy, BaltimoreRavens.com