Veteran linebacker Rolando McClain doesn’t plan on leaving the Dallas Cowboys, as he will sign a one-year deal to stay with the Cowboys in free agency.
According NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, five-year NFL veteran inside linebacker Rolando McClain will reportedly sign a one-year deal to stay with the Dallas Cowboys worth $5 million.
McClain seems to enjoy playing for the Cowboys and looks ahead to his third year with the organization. He’ll provide a sense of continuity to a Dallas defense that largely underwhelmed in the 4-12 2015 NFL campaign.
McClain played in and started 11 games for the 2015 Cowboys, recording 80 tackles (50 solo, 30 assists), three pass breakups, two quarterback sacks, and an interception. If the veteran inside linebacker has his health in 2016 along with Pro Bowl linebacker Sean Lee, the Cowboys can certainly turn it around defensively and get back into playoff contention.
It didn’t make sense for McClain to leave Dallas as he has shown episodes of discontentment with his two previous employers before the Cowboys. He prematurely retired from football after three seasons with the Oakland Raiders and essentially forced a trade to the Cowboys once things were going smoothly with his second team in the Baltimore Ravens.
With McClain signing a one-year deal to stay with the Cowboys, this could mean that Dallas wasn’t willing to give the veteran inside linebacker a multi-year contract at this time. However, McClain’s loyalty to the Cowboys remains steadfast.
He may have gotten a better deal out on the free agency market, but continuity and stability McClain feels within the Cowboys organization may trump all other financial incentives to leave Dallas. While he may have earned a few more bucks and a better deal in free agency, McClain will start at linebacker for the Cowboys again in 2016.
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