Dallas Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones is still in linebacker Rolando McClain’s corner amid reports that coaches are pretty much in agreement that he needs to go.
McClain is scheduled to sit out the first 10 games of the 2016 season due to violated the league’s substance abuse program, but he’s still a cowboy.
“Disappointed is the word,” Jones said, via Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram.
“It is a recognition that these dependency issues are a difficult thing to address. We are proud of everything that we’ve gotten from Rolando. His aptitude as a football player is almost unsurpassed as one of the best that I’ve seen. We all say it’s such a waste, but with us, knowing him, we’ve got the best that he’s done in pro football.”
Per the Telegram: ‘McClain, 27, didn’t endear himself to coaches or teammates this off-season either when he skipped the team’s voluntary workouts to remain in Alabama with his family. He did show up for the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp last month. McClain, acquired in a 2014 trade with the Ravens, ranked third on the team in tackles with 97 despite playing only 11 games. He had 108 tackles in 13 games in 2014.’