NFL via Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — Dallas Cowboys acquired linebacker Rolando McClain in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. Dallas sent a 2015 sixth-round pick to Baltimore in return for McClain and Baltimore’s 2015 seventh-round pick.
McClain was selected out of Alabama with the eighth overall pick by the Raiders in 2010. He eventually was released by the Raiders after multiple arrests and other off-field issues.
McClain signed with the Ravens in 2013 but retired before playing a game. The NFL reinstated McClain in March 2014 after the linebacker communicated that he wanted to play, but McClain decided to retire again soon after. But again the itch to play came back again, and McClain was officially taken off the reserve/ retired list Tuesday.
The addition of McClain helps the Cowboys replace linebacker Sean Lee, who tore his ACL and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.
The 24-year-old McClain has played in 41 NFL games. During that time, he had 175 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 17 passes defended.