According to Pro Football Talk, the Dallas Cowboys will release former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain, making him a free agent. The move will be official at 4 p.m. and McClain will be able to sign with any team he chooses.
Originally there was confusion if Dallas was to still own the rights to McClain upon his return to the league but now the issue has been resolved.
The 2009 national champion was conditionally reinstated by the NFL as he seeks to make a comeback into the league. McClain hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015 where he started 11 games for the Cowboys.
Dallas is loaded at linebacker with Jaylon Smith just signing a new deal and rookie Leighton Vander Esch emerging as one of the best young defenders in the league it didn’t make sense for the Cowboys to hold onto McClain’s $5 million salary.
McClain’s reinstatement will become official on Tuesday giving his comeback a green light as he waits to see if there will be a team who gives him a chance.
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