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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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07/26/14 - LB Rolando McClain was convicted of two misdemeanor charges from a 2013 incident in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., and was sentenced to 18 days in jail, according to Al.com.
McClain's lawyer filed an appeal for a jury trial, which will allow McClain to return to the Cowboys' training camp.
McClain was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he allegedly yelled "(Expletive) the police" at a crowded park in Decatur. His lawyer disputes that it was McClain who actually is the one who said it.
However, police video did indicate that McClain told officers: "You can't expect to be arrested three times in three years and play in the NFL."
McClain was acquired by the Cowboys from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round pick after he sat out the 2013 season. He had 246 tackles and 6.5 sacks in three seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
07/25/14 - LB Rolando McClain arrived with the Cowboys on the team charter Tuesday. He was expected to practice Thursday before returning to Alabama for a Friday court case. A judge denied a motion to delay McClain's trial on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. McClain however left late Wednesday and missed the opening of training camp on Thursday. He is expected to return Saturday. The Cowboys admit they are taking chance in McClain in his attempt to revive his career after sitting out the 2013 season.
"We felt like with his ability, with the kind of person he's demonstrated himself to be in the past, maybe we can help him through some of these issues he has and get this guy back playing at the level we all thought he was capable of playing," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He's still 24, 25 years old. I think some of the concerns that he had in retiring and unretiring had to do with family situations, so hopefully he has some of those resolved, and we can help him through some of those things and give him a chance. The deal we made with Baltimore was not one that was with a tremendous amount of risk. Obviously, with Sean Lee's absence, we're looking for help and competition at the linebacker position. We feel like we have a lot of guys in-house. We always look at the landscape of personnel around the league, who we can bring in to help. We felt like he was a guy who was a very viable candidate. Really excited to see him play."
07/02/14 - LB Rolando McClain was acquired by the Cowboys from the Ravens Tuesday. McClain, a former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, reportedly showed up to Ravens organized team activities out of shape in April after coming out of retirement and decided to retire again. He has since had another change of heart. McClain had 246 tackles and 6.5 sacks in three seasons with the Raiders.
With the trade consummated, the Cowboys reinstated McClain from the reserve/retried list. In the deal, Dallas sent a sixth-round pick to Baltimore and received a seventh-round pick from the Ravens.
05/07/13 - LB Rolando McClain had a false identity charge dropped and entered a guilty plea to violating state regulations on window tinting.
McClain, 23, has a court date July 9 to answer charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident in April at a local park.
McClain did not appear in court Tuesday. He paid a fine of $186, which also covers court costs, stemming from the January window-tint matter after which he signed a citation with an expletive rather than his own name. That led to an additional charge of presenting authorities with false identity.
04/24/13 - The Baltimore Ravens said they are reviewing the events of Rolando McClain's Sunday arrest, but had no comment regarding the linebacker's status with the team, according to a Baltimore Sun report.
"There is due process on this, and we are paying attention to that," Ravens senior vice president for public and community relations Kevin Byrne told the Baltimore Sun.
McClain signed a one-year, $700,000 deal on April 12. The troubled linebacker was arrested April 21 and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he allegedly hollered an expletive about police officers when they responded to a disturbance call in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.
The 23-year-old was released from jail on posting a $1,000 bond. Sunday's arrest was his third in 16 months, all in Decatur.
McClain's deal doesn't include a signing bonus, so he could be released without any cost.