Rolando McClain deal no steal for Ravens

Rolando McClain deal no steal for Ravens
July 3, 2014, 11:00 am
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If Rolando McClain fails to make the Cowboys, the Ravens get nothing. (AP)

When the Ravens traded retired linebacker Rolando McClain to Dallas earlier this week, it seemed Ozzie Newsome had pulled off a heist, gaining a sixth-round draft pick for a player who has retired twice in the past year, never played a down for the Ravens and has said he was "done" with football.

But the trade is not as one-sided as originally thought.

According to the terms of the deal per the Cowboys official site, the Ravens will receive a sixth-round pick in exchange for a seventh-round pick only if McClain plays 50 percent of the Cowboys defensive snaps this coming season. If he plays less, but if McClain is on the 53-man roster for five games or on the 46-man roster for at least three games, Dallas and the Ravens will swap seventh-round picks -- but only if the Cowboys have the better pick.

And if McClain fails to make the team, the Ravens get nothing in the deal.


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