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Cutting Rolando McClain Now Does Cowboys No Good

Kevin Brady



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As you have probably already heard, Dallas Cowboys starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2016 season.

This suspension comes on the heels of McClain skipping Organized Team Activities last month, and reportedly coming to mandatory mini-camp out of shape.

Most of the Cowboys faithful are done with McClain. Sure he can produce on the field and has shown that he has abilities which are rare in the NFL, but his aloofness, perceived laziness, and failed drug tests outweigh any talent he might have in the eyes of many.

Head Coach Jason Garrett preaches about bringing in the "Right Kind of Guys," players who are high character, play with high effort and intensity, and are simply not stupid. Unfortunately, McClain doesn't seem to fit into any of those three categories, and the majority of people around the Cowboys seem to believe it's time to let him go.

After all, this could be the perfect opportunity for the Cowboys to take a stand and send a message to their entire roster. McClain is on a one year deal and is missing 10 games next season anyway, so in theory cutting him should be a simple solution. DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory are also facing suspensions, but they are both younger and have much more "upside" than McClain does at this point in their careers.

Plus, with rookie Jaylon Smith waiting in the wings for a 2017 return (we hope), McClain's long-term future with the Cowboys was already doubtful.

So why not just get rid of McClain, showing the league you mean business and possibly "scaring straight" your other suspended players?

Well, for one, you have no idea where this team is going to be 10 games into 2016.Cowboys Headlines - 3 Free Agent Options To Replace Rolando McClain For Cowboys 4

What if the offense remains healthy, and the young players on defense do just enough to keep the team afloat for 10 games? What if the Cowboys are sitting at 6-4 or 7-3 with a clear view of an NFC East crown and a home playoff game?

McClain could come back with a vengeance and give the defense an extra spark which could push the Cowboys over the hump and get them that playoff birth. And if he doesn't? That's fine, you are still a winning team without him!

But this sounds selfish, doesn't it? If as an organization the Cowboys really want to push forward this idea of "RKG's" and they want to preach smart, clean, professionalism on and off the field, then they should cut McClain right now.

The Cowboys have plenty of time to release McClain, though. There is no reason to jump the gun in early July and make a decision which may cost you in a few months.

Let's say the Cowboys start off 1-5 and are looking horrid in all phases of the game. Well, then you can get your wish and cut McClain, but can do so knowing with some certainty that 2016 was a lost season regardless of whether he was there for week 12 or not.

I think we could all sleep a little easier with that amount of closure.

Beyond McClain's on the field talent, there are also other reasons for why cutting him at this point would be useless.

Basically, whether he is on the team or not for the first 10 games, none of us with know the difference.

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Oct 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain (55) intercepts the ball intended for Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson (82) during the last minute of the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Dallas defeated Seattle 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Those games he is suspended for won't count against the salary cap, and he won't account for an official roster spot until his suspension is over.

So the Cowboys can still carry 53 other players for those 10 games he is suspended, just as they could if they were to cut him today. And, McClain will only cost about $1.9 million if he remains on the roster compared to the $750,000 in dead money the Cowboys would have to deal with if they cut him. Both financially and roster-numbers wise, keeping McClain aboard makes sense.

If he won't count against the cap or against the roster total, what is the rush to get rid of him for?

I completely understand if as a fan you are fed-up or done with McClain and his "antics." But I also believe that rushing to release him after news of the suspension would only make this problem go from bad to worse from a football standpoint.

Forget about Rolando McClain for now.

Yes, he looks like a fool, and a lazy fool at that. But whether he is released this month, next month, or anytime before his suspension is up, the Cowboys will not know the difference.

They might as well let him ride the suspension out, play the final 6 (and hopefully more) games, and then say "good riddance" as his contract expires going into 2017.

But, cutting him today does the Cowboys no good whatsoever.

Anyway, please enjoy this "crying Jordan-face" of Rolando McClain to lighten your spirits:

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Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

  • Perry Hagen

    Stupidity, the only way to sum it up! Trade millions to smoke some weed! I would rather have the money, smoke weed after your retired!!!!!!

    • Kevin Brady

      You're right, he messed up. Hopefully this team and him can figure it all out.

      • Jess Haynie

        Let's not sell it like some one-time incident. McClain has quit on teams in the past and had motivation issues his entire time in Dallas. This is just the highlight of a pattern of problems.

  • Fred Goodwin

    In other words, if he can play football, you're willing to look the other way. That's exactly what McClain is counting on, and exactly why Jerry doesn't care about RKGs. As long as you can ball, Jerry doesn't give a flip about anything else. I wish Jason was better than that, but by keeping this guy around, Jason has shown us that he is not above that.

    • Jess Haynie

      I agree. I think this is a time that they have to show that "RKOG" actually means something.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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