Multiple sources are reporting that the Dallas Cowboys have acquired MLB Rolando McClain from the Baltimore Ravens for a 6th-Round pick in the 2015 draft. The Cowboys will also collect a 7th-Round pick in the 2015 draft as part of the deal.
To make room for McClain, the Cowboys officially put Sean Lee on Injured Reserve, effectively squashing any hope that he would play in 2014.
McClain, who had actually retired (for the second time) this past April, has a troubled past to say the least. In 2012, McClain – still playing for the Oakland Raiders, the team that drafted him – argued with head coach Dennis Allen. The incident resulted in a two-game suspension. More egregiously, though, McClain has a rap sheet, having been arrested three times. Most recently was in April 2013 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to the Baltimore Sun.
In that same month, Rolando McClain had signed with the Baltimore Ravens. One month after his April 2013 arrest, though, McClain made the decision to retire. This past March, McClain announced that he would return to football and play for the Baltimore Ravens. But just after a month, McClain decided to retire yet again, telling reporters that he had lost the desire to play football.
A former No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft, McClain was a highly touted prospect out of Alabama. His career did not go well in Oakland, though, resulting in him being benched after the team’s bye week in 2012 in favor of 4th-round pick Miles Burris. Despite bringing a great deal of physicality to the Raiders defense, the former Crimson Tide star could not replicate his collegiate production. In his last year with the team, Oakland would finish as the worst ranked defense in the NFL.
Many fans will likely be upset about the acquisition of Rolando McClain. Dallas has surely had its fair share of distractions and does not need another. At the same time, Rolando McClain is and has always been a highly talented, intense defender. If this soon-to-be 25-year old can keep his head on straight and allow the likes of Rod Marinelli and Jason Garrett to mold him, he may just be the fire that the Cowboys defense has undoubtedly been missing for some time.