The New England Patriots have today made a move to improve their defense, reports suggest.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Super Bowl champions met with Rolando McClain with a view to a move for the linebacker.
McClain was most recently with the Dallas Cowboys were he helped resurrect a faltering NFL career with an impressive 2014 campaign. The Cowboys are believed to be keen on retaining his services but have, as of yet, failed to reach any agreement on a contract.
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McClain ranked amongst the top 10 in his position last season as he surprised many in his first year with Dallas.
After arrests and off-field issues with the Oakland Raiders (where he began his career after being selected eight overall in the 2010 NFL Draft), the 25-year-old actually prematurely retired not long after signing a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens ahead of the 2013 season.
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His 2014 campaign though was not without incident. Indeed McClain is facing up to a four-game fine to begin the 2015 season after a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy dating back from February.
It is this, alongside previous misdemeanours, that is believed to be putting off the Dallas Cowboys from offering a big money deal to the talented Alabama product. McClain also suffered from concussions last time out which will also have to be taken into consideration by any team pursing his signature.
Whether the New England Patriots are willing to look pass the negatives and secure Rolando McClain to a deal remains to be seen but the visit scheduled today certainly suggests they are considering the possibility.
After 81 tackles in 13 games in the 2014 season and a Pro Bowl alternate nomination there is no doubt that McClain has the ability to be a difference maker on any defense.
McClain's availability comes at a time when the New England Patriots too are searching for more depth in the middle. Only last week it was confirmed that rising star Dont'a Hightower was expected to miss up to seven months after surgery.
The Dallas Cowboys may have just been forced to up the money on the table if Rolando McClain is to stay at AT&T Stadium on a long-term deal.
What do you think Patriots fans? Is McClain worth the gamble to boost your team's defense? And Cowboys, should you break the bank to keep him on board? Let us know in the comments section below...
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