IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys said publicly last month they wanted Rolando McClain back, and they're expected to re-sign their starting middle linebacker to a one-year contract to remain in Dallas.
Terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed; multiple reports state it's worth up to $5 million.
McClain has played on one-year contracts in each of the last two seasons. He has started 21 games at middle linebacker, allowing Sean Lee to move to weak side linebacker in 2015 where he enjoyed his first Pro Bowl season.
After serving a four-game NFL suspension to start the 2015 regular season, McClain started 11 games and recorded 97 tackles (9 for loss), 10 quarterback pressures, 2 sacks, and 1 interception.
Last month at the NFL Scouting Combine, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters the team would like McClain back.
"I think he was productive, and I think he's finding a niche here and hopefully we can figure something out," he said.
Re-signing McClain helps fortify a Cowboys defense that has several players set for unrestricted free agency today. The New League Year begins at 3 p.m. Central.