The Dallas Cowboys have had an up and down offseason all things considered by Jason Garrett and co can consider today's news something of a coup.
As first reported by ESPN, the Cowboys were able to re-sign linebacker Rolando McClain to a one-year deal ensuring one of their top defensive talents from the 2014 season will be back in 2015.
Turning down the champs
The most impressive thing though about the deal? The fact that McClain reportedly had virtually the same offer on the table from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Howe, a Patriots beat writer for The Boston Herald, believes that it was the fact that the Cowboys can offer McClain more playing time than the Patriots that saw the former first round pick opt for a Dallas stay.
With Rolando McClain having, only in the 2014 campaign, begun to rebuild a rather tattered reputation a decision based on an increased opportunity to remain on the field, and continue to build that reputation in the same environment certainly seems logical.
If the former Oakland Raider had signed with the Super Bowl champs he would have had to vie for a spot against defensive stars Jared Mayo and Dant'a Hightower - once both Patriots have returned to fitness that is.
Where as ,if he can continue to perform in Dallas - where he will hope to remain a starter despite a four-game fine recently dished out by the NFL - McClain has the opportunity to clock in two impressive campaigns in a row. A fact that will help improve his chances of a more lucrative deal for 2016 and beyond.
Playing in 13 games last season, McClain racked up 81 tackles and one sack after returning to the NFL following a brief (and premature) retirement during his time with the Baltimore Ravens.
In helping Dallas improve on the defensive side of the ball McClain too showed signs of just why the Oakland Raiders used the eighth overall pick of the 2010 Draft to select him.
The Cowboys will be delighted to have brought him back on a short term contract. The fact they beat off competition from the New England Patriots to do so will only sweeten the deal.
What do you think Cowboys fans? Why would McClain shun the Super Bowl champs for Dallas, and can the Cowboys and McClain build on an impressive 2014? Let us know in the comments section below...
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