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