OXNARD, Calif. -- Rolando McClain made the flight to Naval Base Ventura County on Tuesday, but the linebacker might not be around when the Dallas Cowboys open practice on Thursday.
McClain is due in Decatur (Alabama) Municipal Court on Friday after Judge Bill Cook Jr. declined to delay a trial stemming from charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Decatur Municipal Court Clerk Jessica Haggard said the case has been postponed three times since McClain’s arrest in April 2013.
The Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens agreed to a trade July 1 that sent McClain, who has retired twice in the last two years, to the Cowboys in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2016 provided McClain is on the 53-man roster for five games, or the 46-man roster for three games, and 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 that year.
McClain, who was the No. 8 pick in the 2010 draft by the Oakland Raiders, has not played since November 2012, but the Cowboys could look at him as a replacement for Sean Lee, who is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He could also be in the mix as a strongside linebacker.