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Cowboys trade for Ravens' retired linebacker Rolando McClain

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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked by middle linebacker Rolando McClain #55 of the Oakland Raiders during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Jerry Jones just traded for a retired guy. Never change, Jerry.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Baltimore Ravens' Ronaldo McClain, who sat out the 2013 NFL season, has been traded to the Dallas Cowboys along with a swap of draft picks.

The Cowboys sent the Ravens a 2015 sixth-round pick; they'll receive McClain and Baltimore's 2015 seventh-round pick, according to the report. 

The Ravens signed McClain, the former top-10 pick of the Oakland Raiders, in May of 2013 after the Raiders cut him following a litany of personal problems and injuries. But McClain never played a game for the Ravens, and it's stunning they got anything for him in return considering he appeared to be quitting football following a very poor workout this spring. 

McClain told ESPN in April that he was "done with football" despite only being 24 years old.

Clearly, the Cowboys are counting on McClain un-retiring.

The Cowboys are desperate for defensive help, having just placed Sean Lee on injured reserve with a torn ACL. The team also lost Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware in the offseason and added few sure things. Henry Melton is coming off an ACL, and second-round rookie Demarcus Lawrence is unproven but might end up playing a big role.

As for McClain, yes, he's a middle linebacker and could get reps in Lee's spot. But McClain struggled horrible at times in coverage — Lee's specialty — and almost certainly can't be counted on as a three-down linebacker. And that's assuming he ever can make the opening 53-man roster.

What a strange trade for a player who has taken a strange path since entering the NFL as the No. 8 overall pick in 2010.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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