Oxnard, California, – (al.com) Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he consulted Alabama coach Nick Saban before the NFL team traded for former Crimson Tide linebacker Rolando McClain. The Cowboys acquired McClain from the Baltimore Ravens on July 1, even though McClain was officially retired at the time.
Garrett served as quarterbacks coach when Saban coached the Miami Dolphins in the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
“I had a great visit with coach Saban about it,” Garrett told the Dallas Morning News. “He talked about his recent relationship with him and what he felt like was going on with him. When it’s a low-risk situation and he has the talent and he has the endorsement from coach Saban and others, you say, ‘Let’s give this guy a shot.'”
After playing at Decatur High School, McClain was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and the winner of the Butkus Award in 2009 for Saban’s first BCS national championship team at Alabama. The Oakland Raiders selected McClain with the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
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