There has been an interesting development today. The Baltimore Ravens have traded Rolando McClain to the Cowboys, according to a source close to ESPN's Adam Schefter. With McClain saying he's retired from football, how is it he can be part of any trade? Could it mean he will again attempt a return to the NFL? Adam Schefter says it does. And the Cowboys are sending real draft picks so they think it does as well.
Interrupt soccer for this: Dallas traded 6th-rd pick for LB Rolando McClain and Baltimore's 7th-rd pick, per source. McClain wants to play.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 1, 2014
Rolando McClain's agent has confirmed his client's intention to play this season.
If McClain indeed is able to make a comeback attempt with the Cowboys, he will face his former mates in training camp. The Raiders will practice with the Cowboys on August 12 and 13 at the Cowboys' training camp facility in Oxnard California.
If all this were to come to pass, both the Raiders and Rolando McClain would have some extra incentive in those practices, and I wouldn't be surprised if things got a bit chippy. After all, McClain's time in Oakland ended pretty contemptuously.
If you'll recall, McClain got into a shouting match with Dennis Allen and was kicked out of practice. He then said he was looking forward to joining a "real team". That ordeal got his suspended for two games (the maximum allowed by the NFLPA) for conduct detrimental to the team. He was then inactive for the final three games of the season.
The Raiders released McClain in the off-season and he joined the Ravens. But before he could even attend a practice, he got arrested for the third time in less than two years and the second time in a matter of months. He told the Ravens he wanted to step away from football for a while to get his life straightened out.
After nearly a year away, the Ravens set up a workout in the hopes of bringing him back into the fold. He showed up late and out of shape and clearly didn't have any desire to make a real comeback attempt.
Now it appears he will give it one more shot. No telling what suddenly makes anyone think he will find the fire he never had.