Dallas Cowboys: Five key contract decisions for 2016

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Dec 21, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain (55) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The suspension of Rolando McClain for four games announced recently led to many groans from fans.

On his day McClain looks like a world beater.

But there’s no telling when that interest will fade.

Rolando looks as likely to retire for the third time in his career as he does to make the Pro Bowl.

In 2014, he deputized for the injured Sean Lee admirably.

Leading the team in stops and among the top two for tackles his ability is there for everyone to see.

The prospect of getting McClain and Lee on the field together in 2015 was a mouth watering prospect.

McClain underwent knee surgery at the end of the season and it’s reported he’ll start the year on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.

So the impact of his 4 game suspension for once again breaking the NFL’s substance abuse policy could be less than first thought.

The Cowboys are already towing the sensible line with McClain, as he’s on a one year deal.

The team will have to assess Rolando throughout the forthcoming year.

If he wants to play football then the Cowboys would be mad to let him leave.

He’s undoubtedly one of the best players on the team when focused.

However if this is just the beginning of another year of a disinterested McClain, financially the Cowboys won’t suffer.

The likes of Keith Rivers and Jasper Brinkley weren’t signed to the team for no reason.

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