Oct 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain (55) during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars in overtime 26-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys trade for Rolando McClain, exchange picks with Ravens


According to multiple reports, the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a trade with the Baltimore Ravens to acquire the rights to Rolando McClain.  McClain, currently retired, would come in and could end up playing a prominent role at middle linebacker in the Cowboys defense, if he decides to come back to the NFL.  The Cowboys also sent a 6th round pick to the Ravens who sent back a 7th.

The Cowboys also announced that Sean Lee, who suffered an ACL tear in minicamp, was officially being placed on injured reserve to make space for McClain.  The Ravens moved up a round in the draft for the cost of a player that was not even playing for them.  McClain does plan to play this year as pointed out here:

McClain was an unusual busts as a series of issues on and off the field made what was to be the centerpiece of the Raiders defense a total disaster.  The Ravens and general manager Ozzie Newsome had brought in his fellow Alabama alum in trying to make him into a reclamation project, but it simply did not work and McClain retired.

McClain is one of the more high profile disasters to come out of Alabama in recent years, but is not for the usual reasons.  Most of them fail because of injuries and simply being worn down from their time in Tuscaloosa while McClain just got to the NFL and never looked like he belonged.  It is not a huge risk for the Cowboys as they simply move down from the 6th round to the 7th round with one of their picks, but it does paint the picture of a desperate team.  The Cowboys were at one point also linked to Brian Urlacher, who had retired.  It is probably a good thing that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is so proud of the fact his team is relevant without ever having to be any good as this defense goes from bad to worse this year.

Want more from With the First Pick?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix.
Enter your email and stay in the know.


Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: 2015 NFL Draft Baltimore Ravens Dallas Cowboys Rolando McClain

  • Thomas Lucas

    Suckers…the Cowboys are now the laughing stock of the NFL LMAO

    • Jim

      Low risk, high reward. Very smart trade.

      • Pridenpoise

        Pfft, talk to me in august, when he retires because it’s to warm out for playing football, he’d rather be firing guns next to peoples heads. Smart trade, I don’t think so.

  • Earl Robertson

    Looks like Jerry is calling the shots once again! I guess he just couldn’t let someone else be in charge