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Cowboys swap picks with Ravens to acquire linebacker Rolando McClain


Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

In an odd move, the Cowboys have swapped draft picks with the Ravens in order to acquire retired linebacker Rolando McClain. Dallas acquired McClain and a seventh round pick for a sixth round selection, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McClain hasn't played in a game since 2012 and retired shortly after signing with the Ravens last season. He was taken off the reserve/retired list on April 18 but retired again just three days later.

While zany and ridiculous is certainly the Cowboys style, this move is beyond perplexing. While he is only 24, McClain has been arrested three times and has retired twice. He was also known for being a liability in coverage and a handful as a teammate. In fact, the Raiders kicked him out of their facility before releasing him two months later.

McClain's college career was the exact opposite of his NFL experience. He was a very successful player at Alabama and was considered a locker room leader. During his time at Alabama, McClain was a unanimous All-American, the 2009 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and he led the team to a BCS National Championship.

Again, McClain is just 24 and was the eighth overall pick in 2010. It would not be a shock if he was able to get his mind right outside of football and return to the game. That said, he will have an uphill battle in getting back to football shape and probably will be on a tight leash in Dallas. McClain is likely the Cowboys solution to  the loss of Sean Lee.

[Update 5:05 p.m.]: Lee was placed on season-ending injured reserve to make room for McClain:

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