Linebacker Rolando McClain was able to rejuvenate his career last season with the Dallas Cowboys, but with the Texas outfit in no rush to re-sign him, he will be visiting the New England Patriots.
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Free agency has died down, which means that the remaining players without contracts are having to drop their asking prices; teams are no longer being forced to overpay for players they want badly.
McClain’s value is also being hindered by his four-game fine for failing a drug test, but the Patriots are looking to improve their run defense.
The linebacker had initially been a bust since being drafted with the eighth overall pick in 2010 by the Oakland Raiders.
He showed his ability with 81 tackles for the Cowboys as their defense became middle-of-the-road after being one of the worst in NFL history in 2013.
McClain had retired twice before deciding to return, and he was traded to the Cowboys by the Baltimore Ravens in 2014.
The Patriots could use his presence since linebacker Dont’a Hightower will miss 6-7 months after going through shoulder surgery.
ESPN NFL Nation reporter Todd Archer reported on McClain’s expected visit on Twitter.
From @FieldYates and myself, Cowboys LB Rolando McClain visiting Patriots today. Competition for Dallas now.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 30, 2015