Cowboys Look Smart In McClain Trade

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Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker (55) Rolando McClain against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As the sports world was dealing with the United States men’s soccer team being ousted from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Dallas Cowboys pulled off one of the greatest trades in franchise history. Ok, I was joking about the greatest trade part, but the Cowboys did pull a smart move by trading with the Baltimore Ravens to get linebacker Rolando McClain.

The move has been mocked by some media outlets and some have used the word “desperate” to describe the actions by the Cowboys front office. I can see why they would think that, especially since the Cowboys put linebacker Sean Lee on injured reserve on the same day. Yet, there is a bit of genius to this move that shows me this team is heading in the right direction.

In McClain, you have a young player who has clearly not adjusted well to life in the NFL. He was a standout at Alabama, which helped him become a top-10 pick in 2010 when the Oakland Raiders drafted him. Early on, he showed promise on the football field, especially in 2011 when he registered 99 combined tackles, five sacks and 14 pass deflections. Yet getting three arrests in an 11-month span and being suspended two games because of fighting with the head coach is an easy way to get kicked off a team. The Ravens tried to kick the tires on him, but he retired twice and never played for the Ravens. So why waste draft picks and time on a player like this?

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