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Rolando McClain | Linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 259
College: Alabama
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Cowboys re-signed MLB Rolando McClain to a one-year, $3 million contract.
Another $1 million is available through incentives. McClain, the former No. 8 overall pick and twice-retired 25-year-old, had a big season for the Cowboys in 2014. He graded out as PFF's No. 8 inside linebacker, showing well both against the run and in pass coverage. McClain will man the middle for Dallas this season, allowing Sean Lee to kick outside to the WILL spot. Apr 1 - 8:30 AM

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Free agent ILB Rolando McClain left his Patriots visit without a contract.

The visit was described as "positive." New England was likely just doing its due diligence on McClain while offering near-veteran minimum money. The Cowboys remain interested in bringing back McClain after his standout 2014 season.
Mar 30 - 7:55 PM

Free agent ILB Rolando McClain is visiting the Patriots on Monday.

McClain finally has someone to leverage against the Cowboys, who have been lowballing him since the beginning of free agency. McClain was an integral part of Big D's defense in 2014, but dealt with concussions. He's also facing a four-game fine for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Although McClain is surely pleased to have another club in the bidding, New England is not the kind of team that's going to break open the bank for a player with his question marks.
Mar 30 - 2:01 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Bob Sturm believes free agent ILB Rolando McClain and the Cowboys have "drastically different" numbers.

The Cowboys organization has been adamant in their desire to re-sign McClain, but they are not going to overpay for a twice-retired linebacker possibly facing a four-game suspension. Based on McClain's extremely quiet free agent market, the rest of the league agrees. McClain needs to lower his asking price if he hopes to find work anytime soon.
Mar 28 - 9:46 AM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirms the team is trying to re-sign free agent ILB Rolando McClain.

Jones' comments echo those made by coach Jason Garrett. ESPN Dallas recently guessed that McClain would be allowed to walk, due in part to off-field issues that continue to harass the 25-year-old linebacker. McClain is coming off a renaissance, but concussion-marred, 2014, and is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He's made zero visits in free agency.
Mar 24 - 5:07 PM

ESPN Dallas' Jean-Jacques Taylor sees free agent ILB Rolando McClain as unlikely to return to the Cowboys.

Taylor reports there was "a lot of drama swirling" around McClain at Valley Ranch last year. A series of late-season brain injuries are more cause for concern. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in February that McClain is facing a four-game fine for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Even after a renaissance season of sorts, it appears McClain has worn out his welcome in Dallas.
Mar 20 - 2:02 PM

Free agent ILB Rolando McClain is facing a four-game fine for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

A four-game fine is better than a four-game suspension, but will still scare teams away that may have otherwise been interested. McClain also battled a series of brain injuries late in the 2014 season. We suspect he'll end up back with the Cowboys, primarily because they won't have competition for him.
Feb 21 - 2:22 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain exited Sunday's Divisional Round game with a first-quarter head injury.

He's being evaluated for a concussion. McClain has suffered multiple head injuries in recent weeks. McClain was ruled out for the remainder of the game early in the third quarter.
Jan 11 - 1:29 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (concussion) has been cleared to practice Friday and is expected to play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Packers.

McClain should be 100 percent, and the Cowboys are going to need him if they're to pull off the upset at Lambeau Field. McClain was Pro Football Focus' No. 8 inside linebacker this season, grading out positively vs. the run and pass.
Jan 9 - 11:53 AM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (concussion) has yet to be cleared to resume practicing.

The same is true of DE Jeremy Mincey (concussion). The Cowboys are going to need all hands on deck if they're to spring an upset on a Packers team that went 8-0 at home this season.
Jan 8 - 4:55 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (illness) has been ruled out for the remainder of the Wild Card Round.

McClain has been battling an illness for weeks now. He was also forced out of Dallas' Week 17 win over the Redskins early due to a sickness, which resulted in dehydration. When at 100 percent, McClain has arguably been the Cowboys' highest-impact offseason addition on defense.
Jan 4 - 6:29 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (illness) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Redskins after not traveling with the team.

McClain got in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so he likely came down with the illness Friday night. With the three seed locked up and a first-round bye a pipe dream, Dallas has no reason to push their starting MLB.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (knee) will play against the Jaguars in London Week 10.

McClain will play, but it is unclear how long he will be able to go. He did not practice all week. McClain is having a resurgent year, and is a big reason the Cowboys' defense is surprising.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (right knee) is expected to be "fine" for Week 10.

McClain was in distress after getting rolled up late in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, but it was apparently just a scare. McClain has racked up all manner of nicks and bruises this season, but has yet to miss a game.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 06:18:00 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (groin) is active for Sunday's Week 6 game at Seattle.

McClain is the Cowboys' best run defender, but Marshawn Lynch still projects to absolutely shred in this matchup. The Cowboys inactives: QB Dustin Vaughan, S Jakar Hamilton, SLB Bruce Carter, DE Jack Crawford, DT Davon Coleman, DT Ken Bishop and OT Donald Hawkins.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 03:12:00 PM