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That's a stretch. The reporter makes the claim. The quotes do not.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones recently expressed hope that Dallas could retain McClain and plug him in at middle linebacker--his position in 2014, when he finished second on the team in tackles--while Lee moves from the middle to the weak side. Head coach Jason Garrett has said weakside linebacker is Lee’s natural position, and believes the move could help keep him healthy.
A healthy in shape McClain is a Pro Bowl type player at MLB is > Durant. Durant is faster but not the thumper nor much better if at all in coverage. Durant is more reliable. LBs get hurt and you need depth.
I always wonder why fans think the minds of the players in the locker room are so feeble that they wouldn't understand the business. This isn't high school football. Guys like Romo and Witten know that McClain is an elite talent and don't give a crap what he does if when the guy suits up on Sundays he helps them win. Players care much more about winning and how that can turn into better contracts for them, then this idea that "the coaches are allowing McClain to ruin the locker room". It is different than a Terrell Owens situation where he is actively pitting players against each other.Keeping him sends an abysmal message to the locker room. A guy can not show up with his teammates, take drugs, be suspended for 10 games and still be your starter? I get he's talented, but he's not THAT talented. I would rather deal with everyone else and keep a good team chemistry than bring that tool back. If he doesn't care enough to stay on the field, what makes you think he cares about actually winning for this team?