NFL conditionally reinstates Rolando McClain

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Linebacker Rolando McClain last played in the NFL in 2015. He’s now eligible to return.

Per a league source, the league has conditionally reinstated McClain, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft.

McClain started 15 games as a rookie with the Raiders, 14 in 2011, and nine in 2012.

Cut by the Raiders in early 2013, he signed with the Ravens, but then retired. The next year, he unretired, and the Ravens traded his rights to the Cowboys. He started 12 games in 2014 and 11 in 2015 with Dallas.

McClain is required to comply with the requirements and mandates of the substance-abuse policy. There’s uncertainty for now as to whether the Cowboys still hold McClain’s rights. Per one source, the Cowboys believe they do. Per another source, the contract expired in 2018.

11 responses to “NFL conditionally reinstates Rolando McClain

  1. No one wants this guy. He wasn’t spectacular and he’s got to be slower now than when he last played. This is a young man’s game; more so on defense.

  2. He was a nice player for the Cowboys the 1st year or so, when healthy. They had no one his size and hitting ability at LB, at the time. Problem was he didn’t want to get regular treatment with the Team trainers, didn’t feel well enough to practice and then only wanted to play in the games. Combine that with his love of marijuana, the missed meetings, being late, etc, his headache outran his availability and talent. It’s too bad to, because the Cowboys fans loved him, at the time. I have a hard time believing there’s much of a market for him after three years away.

  3. Even a backup or special teams position in the NFL beats most jobs he is going to be qualified for. I hope he can find a place to contribute and make a better life.

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