Wake-up caw: Jameel McClain joins Giants

Inside linebacker Jameel McClain's four-year run as a Baltimore Ravens starter is officially over.

McClain reached an agreement with the New York Giants on Thursday night, two weeks after the Ravens cut him. The Ravens saved $3.2 million by releasing McClain and they still have a void at middle linebacker.

The Giants' agreement with McClain was first reported by Mike Silver of NFL.com, and McClain confirmed it on Twitter:

An undrafted player, McClain has never ranked among the most talented linebackers, but he prides himself on outworking others. At inside linebacker, the Ravens are hoping to re-sign Daryl Smith and are banking on Arthur Brown stepping up to a starting role. But general manager Ozzie Newsome left open the possibility that McClain may return.

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  • Jeromy Miles, one of the Ravens' core special teams players last season, reached a one-year deal with the Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. In his first season with the Ravens, Miles finished third on the team with eight special teams tackles despite not playing in the first four games. He joined the Ravens after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • James Ihedigbo, the Ravens' starting strong safety last season, left his free-agent visit with the Lions without a contract but he told the Detroit Free Press that it's very possible he signs soon. He apparently needs to get his agent situation squared away.