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Cowboys thinking Rolando McClain’s a good bet

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The Cowboys were a little desperate for help when Sean Lee was lost for the season with a torn ACL in OTAs. And they certainly didn’t give up much to acquire Rolando McClain.

But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that McClain’s financial situation might have played a part in his comeback, and he thinks he’s getting a motivated player.

“I have a known a lot of people, a lot of successful people, that quit and then got it together and turned it around and came back and really made something of what they quit actually, in many cases,” Jones said, via Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “I’ve seen it happen several times in sports. Certainly I have seen it happen in short periods of time with frustration.

“I have a little empathy. He’s got a very plausible experience as to what has impacted him off the field. We all say that you’ve got to be a pro and work through that stuff. I, too, have first-hand seen people that have worked through things better than others. If you get behind them, they can go on to very productive. So based upon his background, his story, based upon the nature of why he’s here — his health, which is good — all those things, in my mind, he’s a great opportunity for our team.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he talked about McClain’s college coach Nick Saban before making the move as well, and came away convinced it was worth the (low) risk.

“Certainly he’s had some issues since he’s been in the NFL,” Garrett said. “Played a couple of years, retired, unretired. And the research that we did, the due diligence we did, both with coach Saban and other people who have been around him, we felt like with his ability with the kind of person he’s demonstrated himself to be in the past, maybe we can help him through some of these issues he has and get this guy back playing at the level we all thought he was capable of playing.”

McClain will have to wait to make that impression, as he’s heading back to Alabama for a court date Friday. But they expect him to return to camp over the weekend, at which point the former No. 8 overall pick can start making the most of his latest chance.

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43 Responses to “Cowboys thinking Rolando McClain’s a good bet”
  1. bassplucker says: Jul 24, 2014 10:11 AM

    Yes, because Happy Valley is the ideal environment for players with major character issues to get themselves straight.

  2. ctiggs says: Jul 24, 2014 10:19 AM

    Bust

  3. amanistumor says: Jul 24, 2014 10:19 AM

    Good luck keeping him and from Dez Bryant away from each other off the field.

    What trouble seeks, trouble will find.

  4. hakunamangata says: Jul 24, 2014 10:20 AM

    Soooooooo you like the thought that he wants to play solely because he wants the paycheck and not because he may actually enjoy the game?

    Yeah I can’t see why this would backfire.

  5. floreskins says: Jul 24, 2014 10:21 AM

    What could possibly go wrong? HAHA

  6. eagleseagleseagles says: Jul 24, 2014 10:24 AM

    Shoulda stayed retired. If he makes it to the regular season roster, these RBs and TEs are gonna be running circles around him.

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 24, 2014 10:27 AM

    White Castle at 3:00 a.m. Friday night is a good bet.

  8. rrhoe says: Jul 24, 2014 10:28 AM

    Maybe the Cowboys should just pay him at the end of the season,you know,to “keep him motivated”……

  9. floratiotime says: Jul 24, 2014 10:35 AM

    They have a lot in common with Oakland. That’s how far down they’ve fallen.

  10. hanspard says: Jul 24, 2014 10:38 AM

    Ain’t gonna happen. The guy just doesn’t love the game. Period. It’s never going to happen.

  11. dcstinks says: Jul 24, 2014 10:40 AM

    I hope Jerry Lives Forever!!

    -Eagles Fans!

  12. natelan says: Jul 24, 2014 10:42 AM

    Make room for Khalil Mack too! One or two years from now, he will be looking for backup work somewhere else too!

    Rolando McClain ver. 1.o > Rolando McClain ver. 2.0

  13. ccjcsr says: Jul 24, 2014 10:44 AM

    Best Franchise in America!

    #haters

  14. jintsfan says: Jul 24, 2014 10:50 AM

    Even if he loved the game he’s got no instincts and is horrible in coverage; ie a 0 down linebacker. So, if he sees the field, those behind him on the depth chart must have no talent

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 24, 2014 10:51 AM

    McClain > CJ Mosley

  16. justintuckrule says: Jul 24, 2014 11:00 AM

    Better off signing ken norton off the couch if you’re going with retired mlbs off the couch.

  17. craniator says: Jul 24, 2014 11:12 AM

    Keep spinnin’ , Jerry , keep spinnin’ . . .

  18. dalfanforever says: Jul 24, 2014 11:13 AM

    It all depends on him.

  19. jjackwagon says: Jul 24, 2014 11:13 AM

    Raiders thinking Rolando McClain’s a good bet. Ravens thinking Rolando McClain’s a good bet. Cowboys thinking Rolando McClain’s a good bet.

    And the beat goes on.

  20. dirtydrynn27 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:21 AM

    Best franchise in America…..LOL!!!! More like the best over hyped Franchise in America! They finish 8 and 8 like 3 years in a row and this is considered great????? I don’t think so

  21. watermelon1 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:22 AM

    I can’t imagine he’ll end up playing after passing up the chance to play on a much better team with the Ravens.

    If he DOES end up playing for Cowboys then you really have to wonder what’s wrong in That Baltimore lockerroom that players would actually prefer the headache of the Dallas situation.

  22. johnnybgood19 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:23 AM

    McClain is just another Elway… he didn’t want to play in Baltimore either…. Show em your stuff Rolando….

  23. 1greatusername says: Jul 24, 2014 11:26 AM

    What exactly is a “plausible experience” ?

    Something that actually happened that also sounds like it could have happened?

  24. sbchampsagain says: Jul 24, 2014 11:30 AM

    Says a team with ZERO linebackers.

    Jerry, you so crazy.

  25. sorosbolshevism says: Jul 24, 2014 11:55 AM

    The Ravens gave him a shot and he didn’t want to do the work. It’s that simple.

  26. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 24, 2014 11:56 AM

    We get it Jerry, he comes cheap which is what you are primarily focused on while ignoring the obvious red flags associated with this guy. Good luck with it.

  27. dirtydrynn27 says: Jul 24, 2014 12:39 PM

    LOL!!!! Cowboys don’t even have enough cap space to put cheese on a whopper!

  28. hawkforlife says: Jul 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    So the rest of your players are going to respect and play hard with a guy only there for the paycheck?

    I remember the days when the Cowboys had pride.

  29. cwon14 says: Jul 24, 2014 1:39 PM

    The felon “Ring of Honor” can’t be far off in JJ land.

  30. thedeathstar2840 says: Jul 24, 2014 1:46 PM

    This is the problem with Jerry Jones he thinks money fixes everything. If this guy is motivated by money than the love of game, he shouldn’t be playing. Just look at yourself Jerry you are motivated by money not winning look at your success lately 1 playoff win in 20 years.

  31. Grulks says: Jul 24, 2014 3:06 PM

    Jerry Jones loves to hear himself talk, doesnt he?
    As a longtime Dallas fan, I dedicate the Cake song, Shut the Eff Up, to Skeletor.

  32. howleyesque says: Jul 24, 2014 3:11 PM

    If he works out…GREAT! If not… they haven’t lost much.

  33. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jul 24, 2014 3:13 PM

    McClain is a good fit for one of the worst defenses in the history of the league.

  34. trailbuddy says: Jul 24, 2014 3:21 PM

    Sigh, Jerry always has a project that’s going to work out. They never do.

  35. alongthegulf says: Jul 24, 2014 9:10 PM

    Jerry Jones at his best. Jerry pays big dollars for the offense, and pays peanuts for the his defense. Jerry continues to believe fans pay to see offense, and not the defense. As long as the fans pay his price and fill his stadium, he doesn’t need defense, and he doesn’t have to win it all.

  36. raiderapologist says: Jul 24, 2014 9:39 PM

    natelan says: Jul 24, 2014 10:42 AM

    Make room for Khalil Mack too! One or two years from now, he will be looking for backup work somewhere else too!

    Rolando McClain ver. 1.o > Rolando McClain ver. 2.0
    ————
    What is the deal with Charger fans? Their Raider obsession is alarming.

  37. 88xfactor says: Jul 24, 2014 10:53 PM

    The kid was a top ten first round draft pick. And Dallas got him for free. If he really played up to his potential, Sean Lee might be competing for his job. He was that good comeing out of college.

  38. ravenmuscle says: Jul 24, 2014 11:00 PM

    McClain if far superior to ANY Steeler or Redskin linebacker.

  39. blankonmymind says: Jul 25, 2014 4:41 AM

    Problem is Jerry likes to keep these guys hanging around, waiting on them to turn the corner and then letting them go when they have already been paid and still not worth it!

  40. rfedorick says: Jul 25, 2014 6:20 AM

    Wow all those Dallas fans in your stadiums upsets you guys so much. And then you see your teams caps on sale at a dollar store ‘Buy 1 Get 4 Free!” lol

  41. caboboy says: Jul 25, 2014 1:07 PM

    Rolando McClain & the Cowboys……….hahahaha

  42. ny21tb says: Jul 25, 2014 11:29 PM

    Definitely fits the Cowboys Free Agency models but,…He’s going to need a Roomie on the road. I’ll bet Pac Man, is ready to revive His career……..

  43. ravenunitas says: Jul 26, 2014 4:04 PM

    McClain >Shazier

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