Rolando McClain is staying with the Dallas Cowboys, his agency announced Wednesday morning.
A source confirmed that McClain and the Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $5 million. The deal is worth $4 million and McClain can earn an additional $1 million by playing in 75 percent of the defensive snaps.
The Cowboys have stated their desire to keep McClain in the fold most of the off-season, and did so hours before free agents are able to sign with other teams starting at 3 p.m. today.
McClain, who turns 27 in July, had 97 tackles with two sacks, nine tackles for loss, 10 quarterback pressures and an interception returned for a touchdown in 11 games for the Cowboys last season. He served a four-game suspension to start the season for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
McClain, the eighth overall pick out of Alabama in 2010, resurrected his career in 2014 with the Cowboys after he retired twice and sat out the 2013 season.
He became a physical presence in the middle for the Cowboys, recording 108 tackles, according to the coaches’ breakdown. He also had a sack, nine tackles for loss, five quarterback pressures, five pass deflections and two interceptions in 13 games.
Many, from owner Jerry Jones to linebacker Sean Lee, has praised McClain in his two years with the Cowboys. Lee enjoyed his first Pro Bowl season as the weak side linebacker a year ago in his first season playing with McClain, while Jones has taken pride in seeing his organization bring the best out of a talent such as McClain.
“I’m proud of the success McClain has had playing for us, our success with him playing his position,” Jones said at the Combine. “I’m talking about uniquely his position on defense, how he plays the game, what he does. We just know him better, been around him more.”
The Cowboys also have a couple of free agent visits scheduled for Thursday.
The Cowboys are bringing in Miami quarterback Matt Moore and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton for visits at the team’s Valley Ranch headquarters.
Moore was cut in training camp with the Cowboys back in 2007 before building a nine-year career with the Carolina Panthrs and Dolphins.
The Cowboys are targeting Matt Moore as a potential backup for starter Tony Romo.
Moore, 32, has a 13-12 record as a starter. He would compete with Kellen Moore for reps behind Romo and a potential bridge between a rookie draft pick.
The versatile Thornton, 27, would help shore up a depleted defensive end position. He can play inside and outside.
The Cowboys will have competition to sign Thornton, as his list of suitors includes the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cowboys also have interest in Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn, per a source, but no visits have been scheduled.