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Ravens get sixth-rounder only if McClain plays half of defensive snaps

Rolando McClain AP

A fuller picture of the terms of the Cowboys’ trade for linebacker Rolando McClain has begun to emerge.

Let’s break it down.

For starters, Baltimore and Dallas have an agreement in place to trade seventh-round selections in 2016, the Cowboys said Wednesday.

However, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, there are conditions on this exchange of seventh-rounders.

Per ESPN Dallas, McClain will have to be on the Cowboys’ active 46-player roster at least three times in 2014 or on the 53-player roster at least five times this season for a deal to occur. If this doesn’t happen, the Ravens can’t get a seventh-rounder from Dallas.

Moreover, there are conditions tied to the 2014 records of Dallas and Baltimore. If Dallas has a better record than Baltimore, there is no swapping of seventh-rounders, even if McClain meets the roster conditions, according to Archer.

And now, the biggie: what about the possibility of the Cowboys’ 2015 sixth-round pick going to Baltimore for McClain? Could the Ravens really get a sixth-rounder for a player who never played for them?

According to the Cowboys, the sixth-rounder will only be sent to Baltimore if McClain plays at least 50 percent of the defensive snaps in 2014. In that case, the Cowboys will give up the sixth-round selection and receive the Ravens’ 2015 seventh-rounder in return.

In all, McClain probably has to be a starter for the Ravens to get the sixth-round pick. Short of that, he’ll have to make the Cowboys for multiple weeks for the base portion of the deal — the seven-for-seven swap — to be in play. And if the Ravens are worse that the Cowboys, the seventh-round deal is off the table, anyways.

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35 Responses to “Ravens get sixth-rounder only if McClain plays half of defensive snaps”
  1. alshonbrandontandem says: Jul 2, 2014 6:56 PM

    “Retired, unretired, retired, unretired, make up your damn mind already”

    Brett Favre

  2. collegeref says: Jul 2, 2014 6:56 PM

    All the Jerry bashers will still say this is a dumb move. Both teams basically traded nothing for nothing. At the most Baltimore picks up a 6th rd pick.

  3. footballradioshow says: Jul 2, 2014 7:13 PM

    great value for the boys if they can get anything out of McClain. I’m not sure they can but definitely worth a shot.

  4. 1bigtex says: Jul 2, 2014 7:22 PM

    It’s been fun reading all the responses. I wish I were an orthopedic surgeon because there have been quite a few violent knee jerks. Someone’s going to make quite a bit of money. Look, I understand that there are quite a few that are honor bound to denigrate any move made by the Cowboys. I get that. It’s difficult, however, to slam a move which risks almost nothing for a young man who plays a position of need and is just a few years removed from being a top twenty talent.

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 2, 2014 7:26 PM

    Appears to be a low risk/high reward deal. Does Rolando really want to play football and stay out of trouble? We will see.

  6. espy70 says: Jul 2, 2014 7:38 PM

    The biggest risk is he plays and if so a very good chance they will be worse for it.

  7. Marshawn Lunch says: Jul 2, 2014 7:46 PM

    So, basically, the Ravens won’t get a 6th round pick.

  8. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 2, 2014 7:46 PM

    Two dumb teams playing Russian roulette with BB’s …brain surgeons they are not.

  9. billybone says: Jul 2, 2014 7:52 PM

    I know he is getting up there in age, but I would think James Harrison would add more value than McClain…unless he is asking for too much, or doesn’t want to play in Dallas.

  10. surfinbird1 says: Jul 2, 2014 7:58 PM

    The biggest risk is what this dirt bag might bring to your locker room. He can’t deal with coaches or players that think they know more about football than him.

  11. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jul 2, 2014 8:01 PM

    So If it doesnt work out, you lose basically nothing but if it does work out, you lose a 6th round pick but gain a player worth higher than a 6th rounder. Dallas are the real winners in this deal. Good job yet again Jerry.

  12. indyeaglesfreak says: Jul 2, 2014 8:52 PM

    This is so dumb!!! Why even attempt to trade a player or trade for a player who has already gone on record saying he does NOT like to play football and wants to stay away…. Smh

  13. indyeaglesfreak says: Jul 2, 2014 8:53 PM

    So if he does play, you insert a football cancer into your locker room and organization. Good job cowboys! Enjoy the NFC East basement

  14. watermelon1 says: Jul 2, 2014 8:56 PM

    Not even sure by ravens would bother with this trade. It’s more work keeping track of defensive snaps than it is even worth.

    I would have just said give us something concrete like a 7th round pick guaranteed…

  15. ravensrunthenfl says: Jul 2, 2014 8:57 PM

    The funny thing is he probably will start for a historically bad cowboys defense. It’s always to fun skimping the most mediocre franchise in sports.

  16. joetoronto says: Jul 2, 2014 9:11 PM

    SloLando is clearly looking for one more pay day.

    He has no heart, no speed and no brains.

  17. rajbais says: Jul 2, 2014 9:18 PM

    That bum is still getting a job???

    Who does Jerry think he’s getting, Charles Haley????

  18. babygaga19 says: Jul 2, 2014 9:27 PM

    Another fine example of the Raiders not being to develop talent. Nation, dont you get tired of sucking?

    Just Lose baby, you are good at it.

  19. raiderapologist says: Jul 2, 2014 9:35 PM

    He’s got slow feet, and can’t call a defense. He also doesn’t like football. Slo just wants another contract.

  20. orivar says: Jul 2, 2014 9:57 PM

    I don’t think he even un-retired. I haven’t heard anything from him at all, at all! Cowboys basically traded for a retired guy.

  21. 88xfactor says: Jul 2, 2014 10:44 PM

    Mediocre! I don’t see (5) rings in your trophy case. Don’t hate JJ because he will try anything, Anything! To make his team better. And by the way, I don’t remember anyone on JJ’s team being arrested for murder. RAY!

  22. ravenmadnky says: Jul 2, 2014 11:25 PM

    Ozzie should have just taken the ham sandwich.

  23. swagger52 says: Jul 2, 2014 11:43 PM

    Since they were trading Crap for Crap, they should have thrown in Johnny Football as a condition of the trade.

  24. guitarkevin says: Jul 3, 2014 8:51 AM

    I’m just glad he’s not in Baltimore any longer. What a waste of talent.

  25. bigdaddy44 says: Jul 3, 2014 9:32 AM

    The better his performance, the better the compensation should be. So judging it in Ravens terms, with every arrest, the pick gets one round higher.

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 3, 2014 9:46 AM

    Since they were trading Crap for Crap, they should have thrown in Johnny Football as a condition of the trade.

    I guess the wife beater would fit also in the crap for crap category…eh?

  27. danind says: Jul 3, 2014 9:57 AM

    hmm…JJ isnt a total idiot. thanks to all the down votes on the original article when I said it would be a conditional pick and the Cowboys are out nothing if he doesn’t make the team. Great move by the Boys. either the guy makes the team and helps us or we are out nothing. win win.

  28. gammynomnom says: Jul 3, 2014 1:43 PM

    Looks like ol Jerruh fleeced Newsome. If the Cowboys get a starter for a 6th round pic how dumb is Jerry now haters?

  29. scoobies05 says: Jul 3, 2014 2:01 PM

    go figure. the lead Steelers troll popping off about the Ravens. since the Steelers have become largely irrelevant since Tebow slapped them around, this is all he has left. so sad

  30. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 3, 2014 2:43 PM

    go figure. the lead Steelers troll popping off about the Ravens. since the Steelers have become largely irrelevant since Tebow slapped them around, this is all he has left. so sad

    Go figure the lead apologist for the criminals and wife beaters replies. Who cares about the largely irrelevant Steelers? Check the threads and see all the Raven trolls bashing their obsession. Funny how much attention the irrelevant Steelers get from the Raven trolls…envy envy envy.

  31. scoobies05 says: Jul 4, 2014 12:42 AM

    you’re funny. you reply to every raven article and then call out other people like a petulant child. and please get off your soap box. every team, including the Steelers, deals with these issues. your star qb for instance has been accused of rape twice. so go be an apologist for him like you always do

  32. Ed Bandell says: Jul 4, 2014 7:19 AM

    “88xfactor says: Jul 2, 2014 10:44 PM

    Mediocre! I don’t see (5) rings in your trophy case. Don’t hate JJ because he will try anything, Anything! To make his team better. And by the way, I don’t remember anyone on JJ’s team being arrested for murder. RAY!”

    This story that follows was posted right here on PFT:

    “Former NFL player Brandon Winey has been arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder in the Friday shooting of former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones.

    The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that police say the 36-year-old Winey got into a fight with Jones and then pulled a gun late on Friday night.

    “Winey produced a handgun and shot Jones in the abdomen,” police said.

    Winey also played at LSU. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 2001 and bounced around the league for a few years, playing a total of 24 regular-season games.”

    There is the Josh Brent incident where Jerry Brown lost his life.

    Then there is Dwayne Goodrich who killed two children in a hit and run accident.

    Those who live in glass houses….

  33. Ed Bandell says: Jul 4, 2014 7:21 AM

    By the way, you should see five rings in Baltimore’s trophy case as the BALTIMORE Colts won 3 championships and the Baltimore Ravens have won 2.

  34. scoobies05 says: Jul 5, 2014 3:07 PM

    while its true ray lewis was arrested for murder, you do realize he was never convicted, nor was he ever even tried. all charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. also, the two men who were actually tried for the murder were said to have acted in self defense since the two dead men instigated the whole incident. but hey, dont let facts get in the way

  35. hawkwind8 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:27 PM

    I have heard folks say that the Boys Defense may be in trouble this year. That is just silly! I am watching the boys/Broncos week 5 replay on NFL Network. The boys have these three amazing defensive players. They are making at least 70% of the plays on D in this game. They are all over the field. Ware, Hatcher and Lee!
    See Ya this fall. A Skins fan.

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