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IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) – A “family matter” was the reason given by the Cowboys for Rolando McClain’s three-week absence from OTAs.

You don’t have to be too much of a cynic to wonder if the reason McClain is here today for the start of mandatory minicamp is a “financial matter.”

 The mandatory minicamp this week ( which guard Ron Leary tells 105.3 The Fan he too will attend despite his desire to be traded) comes with fines for those who are absent.  

McClain was not subject to any penalty for missing OTAs (outside of the eye rolls from the coaching staff) and in fact Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tells 105.3 The Fan that he’s always cut “slack” for McClain, who has a spotty history of staying committed to football.

But for McClain – with his a one-year deal worth up to $5 million – work now replaces “slack.” And “family matters” are now supplanted by “financial matters.”

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