Cowboys make the smart move, bring back Rolando McClain
Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys are not known for making the smartest offseason additions, this time last year the national media was laughing at the 72 year-old owner for swinging a deal for former first round pick, linebacker Rolando McClain from the Baltimore Ravens, in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.
McClain had dealt with his fair share of legal troubles and off-the-field issues, some that forced him to retire from football in order to get his life back on track; but he rewarded the Cowboys with a season that saw him play in 13 games and capture over 80 tackles, while stepping up to become a leader on defense.
The Cowboys announced they have re-signed McClain to a one-year deal worth up to $4 million. The New England Patriots hosted McClain for a visit, and per Mike Florio of PFT, “offered him a contract that made his decision very difficult.” Ultimately, McClain who is from the south (Alabama), grew up a Cowboys fan, and was familiar with the defense, chose to stay in Big D.
This is an extremely smart decision by Dallas management, a one-year deal with little guaranteed money, for a linebacker that has proven to be a difference maker when healthy. With Sean Lee returning from injury, he will team up with McClain and last year’s fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens to form a very talented linebacking corps. The Cowboys defense improved drastically from 2013 to 2014, but there is still a lot of room for improvement, and re-signing McClain was a step in the right direction heading into 2015.
Dan Schalk covers the Dallas Cowboys for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk