Several sources reported that Cowboys LB Rolando McClain is set to be fined for four meetings after he broke the NFL’s rules on substance abuse. Pay per head sportsbooks can see that many Cowboys fans are not taking news of this latest problem very well, and wonder what the player and the team will do now.
The fine that McClain got could have an effect on the kind of deal that he will get even if it won’t see him away from the game to start next season. The fine is being appealed by LB, who’s getting ready to enter free agency. The NFL’s new policy on substance abuse said that he didn’t pass a third test, to the disappointment of many fans. If he fails yet another test, he would be banned for four games.
Dallas spoke with Pat Dye – the player’s agent – regarding a new deal, and this week they’re set to have a meeting. Dye was not willing to say if his client received a fine or not.
The player’s services were acquired by the Cowboys in a trade from the Ravens that took place last July, which saw him start in 12 meetings and end in second place when it comes to tackles, having made 81.
McClain didn’t feature in three meetings due to injuries, and even though he was active, he wasn’t able to play in a fourth one.
Baltimore will get Dallas’ sixth rounder to finish off their trade, but in return, the Cowboys are set to get the Ravens’ seventh rounder.
In the draft of 2010, McClain was the Raiders’ eighth overall draft pick. In 41 meetings for Oakland, the player recorded 246 tackles with 6.5 sacks, but after the season of 2013, the player left the game, and again retired after the offseason, when he joined the Ravens.
Last spring, when Dallas lost the services of Sean Lee due to a ruptured ACL, the team persuaded McClain out of retiring from the sport. The history that Jason Garrett has with Nick Saban, Alabama coach, proved to be helpful in getting the player’s services once again.
For the majority of the season, McClain was the defender who made the biggest impact for Dallas, but the team’s fans were very worried when they learned that he suffered concussions in the Cowboys’ playoff meetings against the Lions and Packers.
And pay per head sportsbooks remember when late in the season of 2014, the player’s house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, burned down, and investigations that took place this week determined that arson was the cause of the fire.
“We follow anything on our players if it is related to them, but I have no reason to believe anything was up there other than something happened to his house that wasn’t an accident, according to authorities,” said Stephen Jones.