Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain fully understands the word "mandatory." As he has in years past, McClain missed the voluntary Organized Team Activities in late May and early June. The key word there is voluntary.
However, attendance at "OTA's" is well attended. Only McClain and offensive lineman Ronald Leary skipped out. But, McClain didn't want his pocket book to get damaged, so he showed to the mandatory mini-camp this week.
Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones is happy to have his starting middle linebacker at Valley Ranch.
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"Well first of all, he's here," Jones said with a smirk. "As I have mentioned, I know how much our coaches have lobbied to have him. I know how much they want him."
During the off-season, McClain has a tendency to put on weight but it sheds off quickly once he practices. This mini-camp was no different, as McClain looked notceably heavier than his fellow linebackers who have been working out with the team for weeks.
While the specifics of McClain's previous absence are unknown, the Cowboys continue to say it's a family matter.
"We all understand that he has a challenge in parts of his off-season. It's good to see him."
McClain signed a 1-year deal worth $5 million to stay with the Cowboys in 2016.