Jun 17, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett watches Cowboys number one draft pick Zack Martin (70) during minicamp at Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


In what seems like another deseperation move to shore up its linebacking corps, the Dallas Cowboys acquired  former first round pick Rolando McClain on Tuesday, which placed Sean Lee on injured reserve.

After all, it seems like the Cowboys were not satisfied with its replacements for Lee.

Justin Durant was the leading candidate to replace Lee, after taking most of the snaps at minicamp, while DeVonte Holloman and Anthony Hitchens were candidates for the middle linebacker position.

This is a desperation move because McClain last played in 2012. McClain was the eighth overall pick out of Alabama in 2010, but his off field issues and arrests caused the Raiders to release him.

McClain made 85 tackles with half a sack and one interception in 2010. In 2011, he had 99 tackles and five sacks and 62 tackles and one sack in 11 games in 2012.

McClain signed with the Ravens in 2013 but retired. He returned to the league in March 2014 but retired again!

But for some reason the Cowboys believe he is ready to play and can help them. This from a man who has not played for two years and has retired twice.

This move not only tell you the Cowboys are desperate, but they are not sold on Durant, Holloman, or Hitchens.

I know it is a low risk, high reward type of deal. If McClain plays 50 percent of the defensive snaps, the Cowboys will trade a 2015 sixth pick to Baltimore for a 2015 seventh-round pick.

But what are the Cowboys expecting from a man who played two years ago and retired twice? And what do they expect from a man with only five and half sacks?

I am hoping McClain can return to the player NFL scouts thought he would be! But his signing is a desperation move. A desperation move to an already depesperate defense.


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  • Dave

    It’s 6.5 sacks and that’s 6.5 more sacks than Sean Lee has, and Rolando has played one less year, along with his passes defended. I’d take 99 tackles, 5 sacks, 14 passes defended in one season for our MLB any day. Hell you could even say that was on par with Sean Lee’s 105 tackle, 0 sack, 4 int, 7 PD year that made Sean Lee a god around these parts. Mcclain was one of the most motivated driven players at Bama, always watching film, so its not unreasonable to think that it would be so hard for him to be that guy again with the proper support system. But hey, its desperation when you give up zero to have a pretty decent chance you just added a solid player to your roster.

  • BradAustin

    There’s another aspect to the 50% of defensive snaps angle. Marinelli really seems to like what Dallas offers in the nickel with Bruce Carter playing the middle. They’ve already shown a lot of nickel looks in mini camp, and not in only the traditional 3rd and long situations. That being said, McClain would really have to nail down the MLB starter role and play it well for a large majority of the early downs throughout the season to surpass the 50% total. Since 50% of defensive snaps would by far not mean 50% of the total defensive snaps on the year, as nickel would take him off the field anyway.

  • JoeDaBeast

    I look forward to see what he has left in the tank.

    #LandryHat sucks!!!!!