The Dallas Cowboys have not made a decision on linebacker Rolando McClain's future after the NFL suspended him 10 games for violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, many in the organization want the starting middle linebacker released but financial implications prevent the Cowboys from moving on from McClain immediately.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones remains the biggest supporter for McClain, who came out of retirement in 2014.
McClain, who was suspended by the league on June 30, recovered from offseason surgery in 2015 to play 11 games and record 80 tackles, two sacks, nine tackles for loss, 10 pressures, one interception and three pass breakups.
"Disappointed is the word," Jones told the Star-Telegram. "It is a recognition that these dependency issues are a difficult thing to address. We are proud of everything that we've gotten from Rolando. His aptitude as a football player is almost unsurpassed as one of the best that I've seen. We all say it's such a waste, but with us, knowing him, we've got the best that he's done in pro football."
The 27-year-old McClain re-signed in the offseason as an unrestricted free agent for a one-year, $4 million deal, including a $750,000 signing bonus. McClain has forfeited his signing bonus, per the collective bargaining agreement, but his release would prevent the Cowboys from recouping the money, according to the newspaper.
"The main thing is strategically, (financially), it's not good for us," Jones said of the potential of releasing McClain, "and he doesn't take up an active spot on the roster (during the season)."