Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker (55) Rolando McClain against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Trade for Former 1st Round Pick, Ronaldo McClain

ESPN reports that the Dallas Cowboys have traded for former Alabama star LB, Rolando McClain. McClain, a 24 year old two-time retiree, was sent to the Cowboys on the cheap. The Cowboys trade a sixth round pick for the Ravens seventh round pick and Ronaldo McClain.

McClain has an impressive resume as well as an impressive (unimpressive?)“Record”.

The Good

McClain was a unanimous 1st Team All-American and team captain of the 2009 National Champion Crimson Tide. After leaving school after his junior year, McClain was selected in the first round (eighth overall) by the Oakland Raiders.

The Bad

McClain has been arrested multiple times and involved in other multiple off the field incidents. He led his team in tackles one season and was slow and out of shape other seasons. He quit football altogether on two occasions when the going got tough and McClain need to focus on other things like family and education.

The Ugly

The Cowboys linebacker situation is not a pretty sight. Most would have no problem calling the situation “ugly”. Sean Lee, the only proven LB on the Cowboys, was lost for the season with a day 1 knee injury. The Cowboys have decided to pass on veteran options, instead choosing to look at youth, like the 24 year old McClain, to fill their needs.

It’s hard to argue with the move. McClain costs next to nothing, and without very much risk, he could offer substantial reward. While not exactly the right kinda guy, McClain is young and talented enough to turn things around.

Just one more storyline to follow into training camp…

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