Dallas Cowboys Morning Links: Will McClay Stay? McClain Questions


In this Thursday edition of Morning Links, the Dallas Cowboys have one of the league’s brightest front office stars in Will McClay. How long will he remain in Dallas? Plus, will rehabbing linebacker Rolando McClain be at the team’s mandatory minicamp next week? All that and much, much more as we dive into the best Cowboys news from around the web this morning.

Will McClay has the look of a future NFL GM; can the Cowboys keep him? by Brandon George, The Dallas Morning News

"Question: I understand its all speculation but do you see Jerry being able to keep Will McClay in town without giving him a GM title? Seems like the current strategy is to make up new positions and (I’d assume) throw money at him to keep him from trying to go run his own show. I hope it’s working…"

Editor’s Note: I think this will become a major problem in Dallas in the next couple of years. I believe title changes will only go so far in helping keep McClay with the Cowboys. At some point, the question has to be asked will Jerry Jones relinquish the title of general manager to accommodate him?

Scout’s Eye: Obada Shows Up, Hitchens Shows Out & 10 Other Notes From OTAs by Bryan Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com

"Just as suddenly as they arrived, the Cowboys’ OTAs have concluded at Valley Ranch. The team had its final day of open practices for the media to observe, and now we have a one-week wait for the start of minicamp. Having gotten to watch my third full session from the practice fields, here are my top impressions from Wednesday’s action."

Editor’s Note: Broaddus is the best thing to happen to the Dallas Cowboys official site since…ever. The former scout brings a knowledge and perspective of the game that is a rare treat among other NFL sites. So, getting his insider take on all things OTAs is huge for Cowboys fans. This guy is a must read, watch and listen for every Dallas die-hard fan.

Rolando McClain rehabbing, but Jason Garrett not sure LB will show up next week by Todd Archer, ESPNDallas.com

"Unless Dez Bryant signs his franchise tag tender soon, he is not required to show up for the Dallas Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp next week. The same can’t be said for Rolando McClain, however, and coach Jason Garrett was not sure if the linebacker will make an appearance."

Editor’s Note: I have my concerns about the commitment level of a 25-year old player who has twice retired from the NFL due to a lack of desire for the game. McClain struggled with injuries and fatigue late last season. Being out of football for nearly two years plus not joining Dallas until training camp were factors in that decline. The fact he’ll miss another offseason training program is a major disappointment.

10 things to know about Cowboys LB Rolando McClain, including an incorrect diagnosis and tough times at home by SportsDayDFW.com

"Here are 10 things to know about Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain — in addition to the fact that on April 1, 2015, McClain agreed to a new one-year, $3 million contract with the Cowboys. 1. Special delivery. McClain, who helped Alabama win the 2009 BCS national title, won the 2009…"

Editor’s Note: McClain is a complicated guy. One not easily understood. Sometimes to the point of head scratching. Still, he’s seems like a nice guy who relies heavily on his natural God-given talent. I just hope his career will end with a story of redemption and not just another what might have been parable.

Romo opts not to escalate battle with NFL by Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

"Despite getting trolled, Twitter style, by the NFL after his Tuesday radio rant, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo chose not to escalate his war of words with the NFL over the forced cancellation of the fantasy football convention Romo had organized."

Editor’s Note: Tony Romo is a classy, quiet guy. So, his verbal attack of the NFL on Tuesday seemed a bit out of character. But, I think it actually shows his growth as a vocal leader. He obviously has strong feelings about the cancellation of his fantasy football convention by the league. But Romo seemed even more concerned about the way the other NFL players involved were treated. Almost like they were his own teammates. I, for one, was proud of Tony. And he, of course, did the right thing here by refusing to escalate the feud. Classic Romo.

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