Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones mentioned during a recent interview that they can see a situation where they would sign LB Rolando McClain to a long-term contract extension.
“We want to keep good football players that do the right thing on and off the field,” Jones said Monday on 105.3 Dallas, via ESPN. “Everything we see so far from Rolando is he’s one of those guys. I certainly see a situation where we’re going to be trying to sign him to a long-term contract and keep him here with the Dallas Cowboys. He’s certainly made a difference. He goes about his business the way we want to see them go about their business.
“I think he’d be a great complement in there with Sean Lee in terms of the way Sean plays the game. It may be a situation where if he were the Mike and Sean moved over and played some Will for us, it may help Sean in terms of the wear and tear on his body. There’s a lot of thoughts there. We’re more focused on what’s going on here right now, but he falls in that same category as DeMarco (Murray). I know he’s somebody that we’d like to keep around here.”
Around the NFL polled a number of NFL agents about the type of contract McClain could receive based on what we’ve seen from him thus far.
According to the agents, it’s conceivable that McClain could end up with a deal that would pay him $3 and $5 million annually and include a signing bonus paid out over the course of the contract. It was also suggested that an agreement could include a “sizable amount of money” in active roster bonuses.
Some of the agents that spoke to Around the NFL specifically mentioned that the contract signed by Bengals LB Rey Maualuga — two-year deal worth a total cash value of $6,453,125 — could make sense for the two sides.
McClain, 25, came over in a trade with the Ravens and has been much more productive than anyone expected him to be. Over the course of four games, McClain has recorded 23 tackles, an interceptions, a forced fumble and a pass defense. On top of that, Pro Foobtall Focus has him rated as the No. 5 inside linebacker in the league this season.
If he continue playing at this level, there is a strong chance he could be in for a respectable contract during the offseason.