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Ex-Raider McClain finds home with Ravens

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FORMER Oakland Raiders starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain, 23, signed his one-year contract with the Ravens on Friday after he passed his mandatory physical.

McClain's contract has a maximum value of $1.1 million. It carries a base salary of $700,000 with an additional $400,000 in a playing-time incentive clause, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. Before signing, McClain met with general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh at team headquarters to discuss their expectations for him.

The Ravens formally announced the deal without issuing any statements from team officials or McClain, a 2009 Butkus Award winner and consensus All-American at Alabama. The the 6-4, 259-pound player was released by the Raiders a week ago.

Sanchez going nowhere

THE New York Jets may be eager to unload Mark Sanchez's hefty contract, but the struggling quarterback won't be dealt along with Darrelle Revis, two sources told Newsday. reported Friday trade talks between the Jets and Tampa Bay, the sole suitor for the recuperating Revis, "have included the possibility of the Buccaneers assuming the contract" of the beleaguered quarterback. But a person familiar with Sanchez's situation, referring to the report, said "there's nothing to it," adding Sanchez is expected to be back with the Jets this season.

In December, a league source confirmed the Jets were open to trading or releasing the quarterback this off-season. But the three-year contract extension given Sanchez by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum has proved a major roadblock in the process. The fifth-year quarterback is set to earn $8.25 million guaranteed in base salary in 2013.

Seattle adds Winfield

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks have made another impressive off-season move.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield is set to join the Seahawks on a one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. first reported Winfield reaching an agreement with the Seahawks.

Winfield joins one of the most talented defensive backfields in the NFL, likely as an extra cornerback to play in the slot. He is joining a secondary that features two All-Pro players in cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas and past Pro Bowl selections Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor.

Winfield's resumé will fit in with the Seahawks. He's a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was voted All-Pro in 2008. He's arguably one of Minnesota's best free-agent signings and had been with the Vikings since 2004. But his time in Minnesota came to an abrupt and surprising end in March when the 35-year-old had his contract terminated to clear more salary-cap space.

Winfield was due a $7.25-million salary in 2013. He was one of the most popular players in the Vikings' locker room, Winfield had a hard-hitting style, extensive experience and exceptional tackling ability that made him the soul of the defence for the last nine seasons.

Seattle has now addressed most of its glaring off-season needs. The Seahawks took care of defensive line depth with the signings of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel, got one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL in a trade with Minnesota that landed Percy Harvin and have now solidified the secondary with Winfield.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 14, 2013 B12

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