While some Baltimore Ravens fans had thought that parlaying a linebacker who had never played a snap for the team into an upgrade in the 2015 NFL Draft was a “deft” or “savvy” move from General Manager Ozzie Newsome-a report Wednesday indicated the move was much less likely to be so beneficial.
The team dealt retired LB Rolando McClain to the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, with reports indicating they would also swap their 7th round pick next year for the Cowboys’ 6th round selection. While there are still possibilities those scenarios could play out, ESPNDallas.com reports it is far from a sure thing.
From the report…
According to multiple sources, if McClain, who was acquired Tuesday, does not make the team or is not on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster for five games or 46-man game-day roster for three games in 2014, then the Ravens will not receive any compensation.
As it stands right now, the trade calls for the Cowboys to give up their seventh-rounder in 2016 if McClain is on the 53-man roster for five games or 46-man roster for three games only if their pick is better than the Ravens’ pick in the round. If it is, then the teams will swap selections. If the Ravens finish with a worse record in 2014, then there is no swap.
If McClain plays in 50 percent of the defensive snaps in 2014, then the Ravens would receive the Cowboys’ sixth-round pick in 2015 and the Cowboys would receive Baltimore’s seventh-round pick in 2015.
The former first round pick has not played in the NFL since November 2012. During that time he has been arrested twice, retired twice and has now come out of retirement for a second time (his agent-Pat Dye-told ESPN he was committed to playing after being traded to Dallas).
The Alabama alum worked out for the Ravens earlier in the offseason with NFL.com’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reporting it was “not a roaring success.” McClain reportedly failed the conditioning part of the workout.
The ‘Boys view McClain as a low-risk option in replacing injured veteran Sean Lee-who will miss the 2014 season with a knee injury. They did not give McClain any guaranteed money.
The Ravens drafted fellow former Alabama LB C.J. Mosley in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft to join Daryl Smith, Josh Bynes and last year’s second round pick Arthur Brown in giving the team depth at the position.
We can neither confirm nor deny this as being the official record for most news posts about a single player who never actually played for the Ravens.