ESPN The Dallas Cowboys completed a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday to acquire linebacker Rolando McClain, who will come out of retirement, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Dallas traded a 2015 sixth-round pick for McClain and Baltimore’s 2015 seventh-round pick, the source said. McClain retired in April, telling ESPN.com in a text that he had lost his desire to play football. It was the second time he had retired as he also called it quits in 2013, soon after signing with the Ravens following his release by the Oakland Raiders, who had made him the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft. “I gotta follow my heart. It ain’t football. If football made me complete I would play. But whenever I think of it my heart pulls me away from whatever reason. … This means I’m done. “Now I know God has something else planned for me and that my life is bigger than football,” he said in the texts to ESPN The Magazine’s Seth Wickersham. McClain was suspended for two games by the Raiders in 2012 after arguing with head coach Dennis Allen. He was also arrested three times in an 11-month span. In 41 games over three seasons with the Raiders, McClain had 246 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
Although the Dallas Cowboys did not trade a lot for Rolando McClain (just a 6th and 7th round pick), Jerry Jones still got ripped off by the Baltimore Ravens in this deal, because McClain is a troublemaker who simply does not want to play football. He has admitted openly that he has lost the love for the game, plus he has off field issues with the law, so there is no way that any NFL general manager should bring a guy like that into their locker room.
Here is my impression of Rolando McClain’s dealings with his agent:
McClain: “I do not want to get in shape, and do not want to play football anymore, I retire”
Agent: “Rolando, you are out of money, and another gullible team must have seen your college tape and wants to offer you a contract.”
McClain “I love football again, I unretire!”
Repeat every six months.
Jerry Jones got ripped off again, and should not have traded a wet bag of used kicking tees for McClain, let alone two draft picks.
Prove me wrong, Rolando, prove me wrong.