The deal is a no-brainer for the Cowboys, who have managed to get more out of McClain than any other team. Despite a suspension to start the 2015 season, he was again one of the better inside linebackers in football over a long season in Dallas.
The length of the contract is a no-risk maneuver that shields Dallas against McClain's turbulent past. A former No. 8 pick, McClain retired from football at 23 after an extremely short stint with the Ravens before finding himself in Dallas. He finished with 50 tackles and two sacks over 11 games last year, as well as an interception returned for a touchdown.