Cowboys acquire Rolando McClain from Baltimore

AP

Rolando McClain is reportedly giving the NFL another shot.

And he’s moving on to a new team, too.

Baltimore has traded McClain to Dallas, ESPN”s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Cowboys will send a sixth-round selection in the deal to the Ravens, who in turn will send a seventh-rounder to Dallas.

The trade comes on the same day the Cowboys placed star middle linebacker Sean Lee on injured reserve with an ACL tear. The Cowboys also took McClain off the reserve/retired list, which places him on their roster. The transactions were disclosed in the NFL’s Tuesday personnel notice.

According to Mike Garafolo of Fox, agent Pat Dye has indicated McClain is ready to resume his career after sitting out the 2013 season.

The Ravens have had McClain’s rights for a little more than a year, but he never appeared in any games for Baltimore after electing to retire in May 2013. He attempted a brief comeback this year, but that quickly ended, and he told ESPN he was again leaving the game.

Though McClain has not played in an NFL game since 2012, he is just 24 years old, and he has experience playing middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, a position at which Dallas has a need after Lee’s season-ending injury, which was suffered in offseason workouts in May.

McClain recorded 246 tackles and 6.5 sacks in three seasons with the Raiders (2010-2012). He was the Raiders’ first-round pick four years ago, but off- and on-field issues marked the latter stages of his stint in Oakland.

109 responses to “Cowboys acquire Rolando McClain from Baltimore

  1. So the Cowboys traded for a player who has claimed he is retiring? What kind of compensation do you get for that? An 8th round draft pick in the even the league expands the draft?

  2. Queue all the Cowboy haters and the “JJ is an idiot”,”hey JJ fire the GM” comments. guessing this is a conditional pick. if he doesn’t work out (he wont) the Cowboys don’t lose a draft pick. if he does they give away a throw away late round pick.

    sounds reasonable for a first round talent.

  3. I’d love to see a video of the Draft Day coverage when the Raiders took this guy with a top 1o pick and the talking heads like Mel Kiper were like “I love this pick, the Raiders get a guy out of Alabama who will hold down their middle linebacker spot for the next 10 years.”

  4. Ngata will get traded to Cowboys early in the season watch it. ravens loaded on D line

  5. If his heart is still in it he could be a good player. Not really sure he wants to play though. However if they got him cheap with a decent trade deal, then maybe a player that sparked the interest of both Rod Marinelli and apparently Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore might end up being a steal.

  6. All I know is that in his last season with the Raiders, he looked like he was wearing cement shoes.

  7. Will he have to return his club-issued handgun when he quits again after a few tough training camp practices?

  8. He hasn’t played since 2012. He went to the defending Super Bowl champs after Ray’s retirement & wasn’t motivated. The Ravens were ready to hand him the job that was held by one of the NFL’s all time greats & he wasn’t motivated. This guy will never be a good pro, he doesn’t love football enough. No one that loves the game sit’s out 2 years voluntarily. Dallas is wasting it’s time with this guy.

  9. Ive honestly been hoping this would happen eventually just to see everyones reaction and at the slight chance he ever gets himself together but not for a 6th round pick.

    Love my Cowboys but jerry needs to get diagnosed w alztheimers so we cam hire a gm. His son while somewhat pompous seems a little brighter

    I guess the d cant get worse but we have had some luck w late round picks. Bad news.

  10. I really hope they traded nothing more than some Kyle Orton jerseys for him. That said, I’ve always kinda secretly wished McLean would get his life together and play some decent football. I give him props for taking the year off to get his life together. I will be pulling for him except the two times a year he plays my Washington Redskins

  11. Wow, just wow. So essentially Dallas just gave us a 6th round pick in exchange for a 7th, I’ll take it. Jerry Jones is a freakin genius… -.-

  12. Apparently Ravens sent McClain and a 7th round pick in exchange for a 6th round pick. Not a lot, but getting anything for McLain is an unexpected bonus. Doubtful he will be on a roster when the season starts, much less than by mid-season.

  13. This wasn’t like a super big deal, but still a sound trade for both teams. For once, Jerry didn’t get skinned, and Oz might get something for nothing. I wish McClain would get it together, I thought he was a real stud. Something turned him off, like to see him turn it back on.

  14. Get him on nerve pills. I don’t say that in a mean way, it is just obvious he has issues that he is not addressing. If he takes care of that, he can reach his potential on the field.

  15. I just read on the Baltimore Sun that the Ravens gave up McClain and a 7th round pick for a 6th round pick. Smart move by Ozzie (not so much by JJ). In 2015, Baltimore has picks in 1-4 rounds. They have no 5th or 6th round picks, but 2 7th rounders. Now, they have one pick in each round but 5th, but they are expected to get at least 3 compensatory picks for 2015.

  16. For everyone who wants to bash Jerry. McClain would have to agree to come off of the retired list so he clearly agrees to the trade and the team..and if nothing else it’s a free look in training camp. . Or a lost of 6 or 7th round pick which isn’t a bad deal even if he wins a backup job. .

  17. Jesus H Christ! Would love to know who’s brilliant idea this is! This is truly laughable…. Swapping a 6th for 7th and a guy (albeit only 24 yrs old) who hasn’t playedin 2 years and barely played at all in the NFL? This only makes sense if the Cowboys somehow found out he really only wanted to play for the Cowboys, but as several bloggers have already noted…. he had a golden opportunity to join the WORLD CHAMPION Baltimore Ravens and couldn’t take advantage. Maybe his plan is to unretire, sign a Jerry Jones alcohol-influenced deal, show up to minicamp then coast as he already has shown the propensity to do….

  18. He’s got as good a shot to be a contributor as any 6th round pick would have. I have no problem with this deal. I guess there are no details on a contract yet but we only had something $8mil.. better save it for Tyron, Dez, and Demarco.

  19. There has to be a better pickup than this lazy criminal who doesn’t even have his heart in football. Even if he’s camp fodder, it’s still laughable.

  20. Ha ha ha, are the Cowboys that hard up to trade for such a loser? The only thing he’s going to do is “QUIT.” That’s all he does after he gets money, quit. Geshhhhhhhhh…………Jerry Jones isn’t this stupid is he?

  21. When all is said and done for McClain, he can “never” say he didn’t get a shot, and then another, and then another, and then another!!!!

    If only all human beings were afforded multiple chances to succeed at something they spent their entire lives training for.

    Must be nice……………..

  22. Everyone deserves a second chance and I’m glad he’s getting his but how the hell does a guy with his baggage have trade value? They could paid cash for his rights and they certainly could have drafted LB in the 6th round. Talk about short-sighted.

  23. Maybe the Cowpokes get this kid some pscychological help. Watch out if he has a treatable diagnosis that a few happy pills would cure.

  24. In certain circumstances I am always for second chances and I was hoping that McClain could have played for my home town Ravens.

    But football takes a back seat to life and apparently McClain was dealing with a lot of things in his personal life and I hope he’s gotten them all in order now. He’s still very young and considering he was out a year or so, that’s one less year of wear and tear on his body.

    He’s also a 4-3 MLB and the Ravens are more of a 3-4 type. We weren’t sure if we would be able to keep Smith, how Brown (last year’s pick) would develop, or if we would get Mosely in this draft. Now that those three are here along with Josh Bynes and some others, McClain is expendable.

    We got a higher pick out of it and I hope McClain comes back and has a great life and career. He was a former 8th pick overall so there has to be some talent there. One thing is for sure, he had to be one of the fastest linebackers out there for Al Davis to pick him. Apparently he ran a 4.68 40 time.

    In that draft class with fellow ILB’s, he was behind only Donald Butler (3rd round pick who has been a solid tackling machine since coming into the league), Jamar Chaney (7th round pick who had a good year in 2011, did nothing since then), and Phillip Dillard (4th round pick who has done nothing in the NFL).

  25. Nowhere to go but up. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this is desperation.

  26. .
    In retrospect taking Earl Thomas (15) or Rob Gronkowski (42) may have been a better choice than McClain (8).
    .

  27. Meh. Where the Cowboys will pick in the sixth round and where the Ravens will pick in the seventh round will only be ten picks apart.

  28. What good comes from a 6th round pick? I guess that depends on what GM you have, what system you have, and what a little bit of luck can get you.

    Just in the Ravens short history:

    Adalius Thomas: 6th round in 2000. Perfect fit for our defense as a hybrid DE/OLB and would at times line up at safety. Was a star here in Baltimore for years, but flopped elsewhere.

    Chester Taylor: 6th round pick in 2002. Was a great secondary back and was a decent starter in Minnesota when he got the chance. Value.

    Chad Williams: fellow 6th round pick in 2002. He was a versatile special teamer and nickel back. Valuable depth.

    Derek Anderson: 6th round pick in 2005. Though has hasn’t had a great career Cleveland took him off waivers and got one really good season out of him where he tossed for nearly 3800 yards and 29TD’s. He’s been a back up ever since.

    Sam Kock: 6th round pick in 2006 and has been the Ravens punter ever since.

    The last couple of seasons the Ravens have picked up players in the 6th round and probably the most promising will be Kapron Lewis-Moore if he is healthy. He was a higher pick talent but dropped because of an injury in his last year of college ball. He’s been out a couple of years but is supposedly 100% healthy now and will compete for some time along the Ravens D-Line which is already stacked.

    Generally speaking though, the Ravens usually get somebody that contributes something, like Haruki Nakamura who was a great special teamer and got a chance to start in Carolina in 2012. Tyrod Taylor has been a back up to Flacco who never gets hurt so…jury is out on him. Ryan Jensen is a back up offensive lineman. Keith Wenning will get a shot to win the back up job from Tyrod this year.

  29. Every moment he spends in Cowboys camp will hurt the cowboys.

    JJ has set the bar high, but this still amazes me.

  30. Isn’t this the guy that ratbird fans were proclaiming was going to flourish under the mentorship of t-fizzle?!?!?

    Another great signing by the wizard of fraud! This ship is sinking.

    GO STEELERS!

  31. I never thought I’d say a team that traded a sixth round pick for a player got ripped off. Another first for the Cowboys!

  32. “Another great signing by the wizard of fraud! This ship is sinking. ”

    Typical Steeler fan logic.

    The Ravens never paid the guy a penny and Ozzie turned him into a draft pick.

    You know you’re secretly jealous because you only dream about Kevin Colbert pulling off something like that.

  33. His boss at Orange Julius is shaking his head over Slowlondo’s lost potential. He was just about to get trained on the cash register.

  34. Glad to see him back in league, hopefully gets his life turned around. Hopefully a nice success story, no hard feelings, it’s just football

  35. I was about to say the same thing Sandy102270 did.

    I don’t recall anyone with a brain saying that McClain was going to be the next Ray Lewis. It was a low risk with potentially good reward move. The Ravens paid him nothing because he decided to retire to try to get his personal life in order. I don’t begrudge the man for that move at all. Some things are more important than football.

    We’ve got plenty of camp bodies in house for the ILB job next to Darryl Smith. It is basically a two man fight between Mosely and Arthur Brown. Josh Bynes is probably still going to be a special teamer.

    We were probably going to cut McClain anyway, but instead we get a 6th round pick for somebody we didn’t need and a 7th round pick. I have pointed out previously that Ozzie and his staff usually find somebody that provides some value to the team with that pick. Whether it is merely a good special teamer, a steady back up player, or a diamond in the rough starter…the Ravens have been continually successful because Ozzie usually finds players with his late picks too. Not 100% of the time mind you. Nobody is perfect, but Ozzie has been pretty darn good.

  36. Hey guys let’s not forget, this man was a first round pick by the Raiders. First Round! He’s a true middle linebacker. But once again JJ rolls the dice.. We’ll see.

  37. vicnocal says:
    Jul 1, 2014 4:49 PM
    I’d love to see a video of the Draft Day coverage when the Raiders took this guy with a top 1o pick and the talking heads like Mel Kiper were like “I love this pick, the Raiders get a guy out of Alabama who will hold down their middle linebacker spot for the next 10 years.”
    ______________________________

    Actually, Kiper said that it was a reach……..

  38. The only thing worse than his on field play (was pseudo tolerable vs run and a joke in coverage ) was his locker room presence. This guy can suck the “T” out of “Team”. #Garbage

  39. Wow, I got to say that everyone is blowing this out of the water. It’s not that Dallas is giving up a pick all together, they’re just moving back for a kid that’s 24 years old who at one time was regarded high enough to be a top 10 pick. I’m sure he’ll make league minimum and it’s at a position of need. Sure the guy has had his share of issues and no, I’m not terribly optimistic that he’s going to come in and be a big contributor but it’s possible. These things can happen. Vontaze Burfict looked dead in the water when he wasn’t drafted due to several reasons and has developed in to a very good LB. So seems like a relatively low-risk move. Maybe this is being torn up so much because it’s more popular to rip on Jerry and the Cowboys than to use rational thought

  40. Burfict was a talent w/off field,on field emotional probs & a slow 40 time. No one ever questioned his motivation or drive to play. RoMac is all the above sans any emotional attachment to the game. Don’t believe me,just watch. Seen every down he played multiple times. Can’t play in space,gets caught in trash, horrible angles and is a locker room pariah. Saban should be drawn & quartered for vouching for this moron

  41. roarfrom384:

    He may have called him a reach, but (via Youtube) he said he had him as his 15th best player and the Raiders took him at 8.

    So he still had him highly rated.

    Still, if we really want to hammer somebody, let’s hammer that dope Tom Jackson, who at the Draft declared “The Raiders are getting a good football player, they won’t have to worry about their middle linebacker spot for years”. God, Tom Jackson is horrid.

  42. Believe it or not, Mel Kiper was skeptical when the Raiders took McClain, I thought he was full of it. Turns out Mel is sometimes right.

  43. Rolando Looked so promising coming out of Alabama but have to be concerned with how the Raiders didn’t want this guy in their locker room. Again, the Raiders. And the fact that he hasn’t played in a while.

    No one should suggest he is a replacement for Lee yet.

  44. Most of the comments are so idiotic. These picks are several apart…Risk free. Ozzie is such a great GM… He signed McClain last year right? Good pick up Ozzie!!!! 4-3 vs. 3-4. Big difference in the LB world.

  45. The Cowboys get McClain and send a sixth-round selection in the deal to the Ravens, who in turn will send a seventh-rounder to Dallas who will send McClain back to the Ravens for a sixth-round selection to the Ravens, who in turn will send a seventh-rounder to Dallas.

    So, the Ravens get to keep McClain and get 2 6th round picks from the Cowboys while Dallas gets 2 7th round picks from the Ravens.

    Sounds about right. Jerruh Jones doing his usual nonsensical GM work while Ozzie-Wizard-in-his-own-mind will draft two more criminals.

  46. danind says:
    Jul 1, 2014 4:47 PM

    Queue all the Cowboy haters and the “JJ is an idiot”,”hey JJ fire the GM” comments. guessing this is a conditional pick. if he doesn’t work out (he wont) the Cowboys don’t lose a draft pick. if he does they give away a throw away late round pick.

    sounds reasonable for a first round talent.
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    HAHA!!!! Queue the delusional cowboy fans that believe JJ’s not an idiot or that he IS a good GM….LMFAO!!!

  47. If Dallas can motivate him to get into shape and get back into the flow of things, he could be worth a lot more than a 6th rounder.

    Dallas was practically pulling guys off the street last year, so it’s no worse than that.

  48. I remember the Ravens fans claiming they had a low Risk high reward player with him, funny how the Cowboys fans think they can get something in return for slowlando, what’s next Aaron curry’s return to Dallas? JJ must retire oncen for all.

  49. “bigbwoy000 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:56 PM

    He hasn’t played since 2012. He went to the defending Super Bowl champs after Ray’s retirement & wasn’t motivated. The Ravens were ready to hand him the job that was held by one of the NFL’s all time greats & he wasn’t motivated. This guy will never be a good pro, he doesn’t love football enough. No one that loves the game sit’s out 2 years voluntarily. Dallas is wasting it’s time with this guy.”

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    You dont have to be that brutal. I dont think its motivation related. He probably felt he didnt have the required knife skills to walk in Ray’s footsteps.

  50. OMG… He looks old!… Guess thats what partying hard and living that rough lifestyle will get ya…

    He was a beast in college and was a huge challenge to most offensive coordinators of oposing teams. I know after his last round with the law he got in touch with Saban and he was helping him get back to where he could finish his degree…

    I hope he has it together and can make something of this second chance….

  51. Do the Ravens still have the rights to Ricky Williams? They should be able to get at least a fourth round pick out of JJ for him.

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