When the ’07 Ravens season ended, team officials huddled with veteran quarterback Steve McNair and outlined an off-season program that would, in large part, determine whether or not the club would bring McNair back for the ’08 campaign.
Earlier today, a Ravens official confirmed that not only has McNair followed through on the initial stages of that program, but that he still very much figures into the team’s ’08 plans.
“Steve has done everything we’ve asked of him,” the team official said. “We’re pleased with his dedication to the program we’ve put in place for him and he’s in our plans for 2008.”
There has been speculation from the media and fans that perhaps McNair would not return in 2008 after an injury riddled ’07 season campaign that ended with a left shoulder injury in late November.
At season’s end, executives and members of the team’s medical/training staff outlined an off-season conditioning plan for McNair that included weight training at the Ravens facility and a nutritional and fitness program for the soon-to-be 35-year old. While not necessarily labeled as a “take it or leave it offer”, the Ravens official noted that it was made clear to McNair that his off-season work-outs in Baltimore were an important part of his return in 2008.
“We’re pleased with what we’ve seen so far,” the official said. “Steve McNair wants to show everyone that 2007 wasn’t the real Steve McNair. He thinks he can come back strong in 2008 and with what we’ve seen of his off-season work-outs in Baltimore, we’re confident he’s going to come to camp in great shape and ready to play well next season.”