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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Linebacker Rolando McClain: A physical force and a natural leader on a defense that has ranked 29th, 31st and 31st over the past three years. A common sense pick at No. 8 overall to address a major weakness.
A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 1/8 -- Rolando McClain, LB, 6-3, 254, Alabama, With tackles Trent Williams and Russell Okung off the board, the Raiders made McClain the highest selected linebacker in franchise history. - by The Sports Xchange
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04/01/15 - LB Rolando McClain is returning to the Cowboys on a one-year, $3 million deal that will lead to some shuffling on the second level of their defense.
McClain, 25, resurrected his career in 2014, playing 13 games and recording 108 tackles for the Cowboys. He is facing a four-game fine for a substance-abuse violation. Another positive test would mean a four-game suspension.
McClain, who had a competing offer from the New England Patriots, can earn another $1 million in incentives.
Bringing him back likely causes a ripple effect that includes former Pro Bowl selection Sean Lee sliding to weak-side linebacker. Lee missed all of last season and was dogged by injuries in 2013.
McClain missed games with knee and hamstring injuries and the regular-season finale due to illness. The Cowboys felt his nagging injuries were a byproduct of the former eighth overall pick getting back into NFL shape.
03/04/15 - LB Rolando McClain will be pursued hard in free agency. He brought toughness and physicality to the defense. It proved to be good fit for him in his return to the game. How much will that factor when other teams start offering more money?
01/12/15 - LB Rolando McClain suffered a concussion against Packers. It was his second concussion in as many games.
01/09/15 - LB Rolando McClain has shown improvement and the Cowboys are confidant he will play against the Packers. He has yet to return to practice and must pass a concussion test to play.
01/07/15 - LB Rolando McClain did not practice Wednesday because of a sore knee and concussion. He must pass a concussion test to play Sunday.