Rolando McClain
Rolando McClain
31-Year-Old LinebackerLB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Injury Suspension
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Rolando McClain in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Cowboys in March of 2016.
Hoping for NFL return
LBFree Agent
July 12, 2019
McClain (suspension) wants to return to the NFL, Matt Zenitz of reports.
The No. 8 overall pick from the 2010 NFL Draft last played football in 2015 and was suspended indefinitely in December 2016 for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy. McClain will celebrate his 30th birthday this upcoming weekend, so he may have lost a step even if his off-field issues have been sorted out. He's been in contact with the NFL Players Association, starting the process toward reinstatement.
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Measurables Review
How do Rolando McClain's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Shuttle Time, Cone Drill, Vertical Jump, and Broad Jump metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
6' 4"
259 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
Shuttle Time*
4.38 sec
Cone Drill*
7.16 sec
Vertical Jump*
35.0 in
Broad Jump*
109 in
Bench Press
24 reps
Hand Length
9.38 in
Arm Length
33.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
On a per-play basis, McClain's 2015 season was even more productive than his first campaign with the Cowboys as he racked up 80 tackles, two sacks and his first career interception return for a TD in just 11 games. The middle linebacker signed a one-year deal in the offseason to return to Dallas, and if he can stay healthy and avoid suspension (things he wasn't able to do last year) he could become a very useful IDP option in a Cowboys defense looking for playmakers. He hasn't yet played a full 16-game season in his career, though, so McClain carries a large amount of baggage.
After a turbulent 2012-13 that saw him exit Oakland and briefly hover in Baltimore, followed by off-the-field issues all the while, it looked like McClain's career was spiraling to an early end. But Dallas took a chance on him before last season, and McClain finished with more than 80 tackles despite playing just 633 snaps. He was re-signed by Dallas this offseason and is expected to be the lead linebacker again in 2015. Check his status as the season nears, though, as he is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, though no decision had been reported as of press time.
Legal troubles have derailed the career of the eighth overall pick in 2010, but the Cowboys may be willing to give him another chance. McClain didn't play at all in 2013 though, and despite Dallas' need at linebacker following Sean Lee's latest injury he's a long shot to crack the roster or have a meaningful role.
McClain has been a disappointment since the Raiders drafted him eighth overall in 2010, but at least he showed some signs of breaking out last season. His 99 tackles aren't impressive at a glance, but he was active in coverage (14 passes defended) and totaled 48 tackles (42 solo) and four sacks in the final six weeks of the season. McClain is on the hot seat entering his third year and has a promising defensive mind (new head coach Dennis Allen) calling the shots in Oakland, so 2012 might finally be the year McClain lives up to his talent – assuming he’s a free man. Shortly before press time, McClain was convicted of assault and battery and faces a 180-day prison sentence. He’s practicing with the team, pending appeal, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll be available for the 2012 season and/or whether he’ll be suspended. As productive replacement linebackers are easy to find off the waiver wire, McClain is worth a late gamble so long as his case is unresolved.
After being selected eighth overall by the Raiders in last year’s draft, McClain was generally a disappointment, as he totaled just 85 tackles (59 solo) in 15 games. As weak as those numbers are, McClain pretty much has nowhere to go but up, and it’d be a huge disappointment if the former Alabama star failed to hit triple-digit tackles in each of his first two years in the league. Expect the Raiders to make a special effort to get more out of McClain in 2011.
Rookies tend not to be great IDP options, but in the average year there are typically one or two players — usually linebackers — who step right in and produce. McClain could be this year’s version of Brian Cushing or James Laurinaitis; a first-year player who starts from Week 1 and racks up 100-plus tackles. The Raiders had enough faith in McClain’s potential that they dealt incumbent starter Kirk Morrison to Jacksonville during the draft. McClain has good size at 6-4, 258, and should be able to consistently fight off blockers and get to ball carriers.
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Arrested Friday
LBFree Agent
May 12, 2017
McClain (suspension) was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana, carrying a firearm without a permit, and a misdemeanor equipment violation, Anna Beahm of The Decatur Daily reports.
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Suspended indefinitely
LBDallas Cowboys
December 2, 2016
McClain has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy, reports.
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Facing further suspension
LBDallas Cowboys
November 20, 2016
McClain, currently finishing out a 10-game suspension, will be suspended for an additional year after failing another drug test, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Doesn't report for camp
LBDallas Cowboys
July 29, 2016
McClain (suspended) will be placed on the Cowboys' reserve/did not report list, reports.
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Future uncertain in Dallas
LBDallas Cowboys
July 16, 2016
The Cowboys have yet to decide whether or not to release McClain (suspension), The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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