Le'Ron McClain signs $2.396 million tender

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain wants the security of a long-term contract. When contract talks never materialized, though, McClain wound up settling for the next best thing: signing his $2.396 million first-round restricted tender. McClain became the last of the Ravens' restricted free agents to sign his tender Wednesday, the team announced.

McClain recently expressed hope that a long-term deal could be worked out.

"If they don't, I really don't know what the future holds," McClain said. "I love Baltimore, I want to be in Baltimore."

McClain has been campaigning for more carries through his popular Twitter account.

He told the Times in May that he wanted a long-term deal and an increased workload in the backfield in addition to his traditional blocking role.

McClain rushed for a career-high 902 yards and 10 touchdowns two seasons ago.

Last season, though, he operated primarily as a lead blocker for Ray Rice who emerged as a Pro Bowl selection as the Ravens' featured runner. McClain said he feels like he has proven he deserves a contract extension.

"I think I have," McClain said. "I feel like I have shown that with my running, catching and blocking abilities."

NOTE: The Ravens announced that they'll wear their alternate black jerseys with white pants for three home games this season, including an Oct. 10 game against the Denver Broncos, a Nov. 28 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Dec. 19 game against the New Orleans Saints.

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