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Dallas Cowboys “hopeful” to keep LB Rolando McClain

Jerome Miron - USA TODAY Sports

When healthy and focused, Rolando McClain is a machine.

He put in a strong effort last season, despite missing four games due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

McClain posted 97 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and an interception in 2015. He helped Dallas clinch a NFC East division title in 2014, earning a 12-4 record and a berth in the playoffs.

His 97 tackles placed him third on the team and per ESPN staff writer Todd Archer, Cowboys president Stephen Jones said McClain “is finding a niche” in Dallas.

The Cowboys want to keep both McClain and former LSU defensive back Morris Claibourne; however, the aspect of price will be interesting. Jones is set to meet with McClain’s agent during the NFL Scouting Combine.

McClain ran Alabama’s defense as a freshman in 2007.

He would total 105 tackles, including 14.5 for loss during his junior year in 2009. His leadership was the catalyst behind the Crimson Tide’s national championship run that season.

McClain finished the 2009 season with multiple honors, including Butkus Award, Lambert Award, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous All-American.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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