The Dallas Cowboys made a curious move when the made a trade with the Baltimore Ravens to acquire linebacker Rolando McClain. The Cowboys didn’t really give away much to pick up the player, but the move also might not help the Cowboys much either. According to ESPN on Tuesday, Dallas only gave up a sixth round pick for 2015, but also got back a seventh round pick in addition to McClain.
This means that Dallas only dropped one of their 2015 NFL Draft picks one round and picked up the linebacker. That leaves little room for regrets, but McClain has proven over his career that he can make teams regret taking chances on him at all. The Oakland Raiders drafted McClain with a first round pick in 2010 and he played for them over three seasons.
In his first season, McClain finished with 85 tackles and an interception. However, by 2012 the Oakland Raiders demoted McClain and made comments that he was making too many mistakes and was not showing signs of being a smart football player. After an incident where he had a falling out with coaches, McClain went to social media and said he was finished playing football completely and was no longer a members of the Raiders’ team.
McClain then decided to come back to the NFL and the Raiders traded him to the Baltimore Ravens. Where it looked like he could get a fresh start, McClain instead announced his retirement from the NFL one month after the trade. He never once played for Oakland and his last NFL action was in the controversial 2012 season in Oakland.
The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of needs at linebacker, especially with the star of their defense out for the season. Lee tore his ACL in OTAs and won’t be back until 2015. Dallas placed Lee on the IR list so they could make room to sign McClain. If McClain doesn’t pan out, Dallas won’t have given up too much for him, but it could really hurt their chance to compete in 2014.