The Cowboys re-signed McClain this past offseason to a one-year deal worth $5 million with a $1.25 million base salary and $125,000 for every game he was on the 46-man roster. Additionally, McClain has $1 million in play-time incentives, according to ESPN.
McClain will need to repay the $750,000 signing bonus he received in the deal, according to the collective bargaining agreement.
This is just another chapter in the tumultuous and rocky career of McClain. He’s previously retired twice, including after a one-month stint with the Baltimore Raven in 2013. The Oakland Raiders drafted McClain out of Alabama with the eighth pick of the 2010 draft. McClain finished 2015 with 80 tackles and two sacks in 11 games played.
McClain missed organized team activities earlier in the offseason to attend to family matters in Alabama, but came to mandatory June’s minicamp out of shape and worked on conditioning off to the side. Given all of the events, McClain could face the possibility of being released, according to ESPN.
Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence had his appeal denied, upholding his four-game suspension, according to ESPN.
Lawrence led the team with eight sacks and the defensive linemen with 56 tackles. He was second on the team with 31 quarterback pressures as well. Lawrence, like McClain, also failed a drug test.
A third Cowboys projected defensive starter, defensive end Randy Gregory, will also be suspended for the first four games of the season for also violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.