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Ravens acquire 2015 sixth-round pick for Rolando McClain in trade with Cowboys

McClain has decided to come out of retirement, but he won't play for the Baltimore Ravens.


Rolando McClain will once again give football a go after a second retirement.

But this time, he won't be making a return to the Baltimore Ravens. On Tuesday, the Ravens traded McClain's rights and a 2015 first-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2015 sixth-rounder. The trade showed up on the NFL's transaction wire early Tuesday evening. The Cowboys have activated McClain to their roster from the reserved/retired list.

The Baltimore Sun reported the particular draft selections that were swapped.

This is a great deal for the Ravens, given that McClain reportedly had a horrible outing when he worked out for the Ravens earlier this offseason. They get a sixth-round selection, which essentially replaces the sixth-rounder the Ravens used to get back in the 2014 draft to select Michael Campanaro in the seventh round.

With Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee out for the year, Dallas had a glaring need at the position. With that in mind, it's probably necessary for the Cowboys to gamble on McClain. Giving up a seventh-rounder is next to nothing. With McClain being activated to the roster, the Cowboys placed Lee on injured reserve.

This brings an official end to the Rolando McClain saga in Baltimore. Thank goodness.