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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