There have been lingering questions about whether or not Sean Lee could make it back healthy to the team this season at some point. Apparently the Cowboys have come to the conclusion that Lee would not be able to make it back this season and placed him on the injured reserve list.
To see my other article on the linebackers already on the roster click here.
The Cowboys have also announced the acquisition of Rolando McClain by trading a 2015 sixth round pick for McClain and a 2015 7th round pick.
McClain was the 8th overall selection of the Oakland Raiders in 2010 and played 3 season for them. He was released after 3 seasons for off the field issues, suspensions, and multiple arrests.
The Baltimore Ravens signed McClain in 2013, but McClain retired shortly after being signed. He was reinstated to the team in 2014, but retired once again.
At 25 years of age, 6'3, 260 pounds with a reported 40 time of 4.68 seconds, McClain has the prototype size and speed to play middle linebacker. He has also proven to be a productive player when he has played. In 2010 he recorded 85 tackles, in 2011 he recorded 99 tackles, and in 2012 he recorded 62 tackles.
McClain will definitely battle for the starting middle linebacker spot. The Cowboys might have stumbled on a gold mine with McClain because he has not even made it to his peak season yet. The history of the NFL has shown that a defensive player's peak seasons happen when he is between 26 and 30 years of age.
The signing of McClain should also move Justin Durant back to the weak side spot to battle Bruce Carter, Anthony Hitchens and McClain should battle for the MLB spot, and DeVonte Holloman should battle Kyle Wilber for the strong side spot.
This signing could be a home run!!