Rolando McClain’s agent, Pat Dye, says that after abruptly retiring from the game last April and sitting out the entire 2013 season, his client is 100 percent committed to football and has never sounded more excited.
McClain was acquired by Dallas from the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, as part of the Cowboys’ ongoing efforts to replace middle linebacker Sean Lee. Lee was placed on the injured reserve Tuesday, officially ending his season a little over a month after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of OTAs.
“I see, and Rolando sees, the Dallas situation as a great opportunity given Sean’s injury, and you’re talking about a great franchise and a great organization,” Dye said, per ESPN Dallas. “I’ve described to any of the clients we’ve had through the years there--Emmitt Smith, Dexter Coakley, DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears, Keith Brooking, DeMarco Murray--that playing for the Cowboys in football is kind of like playing for the Yankees in baseball. Just an iconic franchise.
“With kind of what he’s done going back to his time with the Raiders, I think that all of this has led him to a point where he feels like the game is too important to him to give up. He’s just 24 years old. He’s very talented. He’s very bright. Tough. Competitive. There’s a reason he was a top-10 pick at a position that is almost impossible to be a top-10 pick. Hopefully this situation will go smoothly.”
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