The National Football League (NFL) has officially ended the almost eight-year suspension of former linebacker Rolando McClain, making him eligible to sign as a free agent.
McClain, initially a standout talent from the University of Alabama, was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, but his career faced setbacks due to off-field issues.
McClain's declining on-field performance and off-field problems led to his release from the Oakland Raiders after just three seasons.
The Baltimore Ravens signed McClain to a one-year contract to revive his career, but he announced retirement at 23 without playing a game for them.
McClain came out of retirement when the Dallas Cowboys traded for his rights, showcasing glimpses of his potential but facing disciplinary issues.
McClain faced a four-game suspension in 2015 for substance abuse violations and a 10-game suspension in 2016, leading to his indefinite suspension.
Reports of McClain's struggles with addiction raised doubts about his return to the NFL, and despite conditional reinstatement, the Cowboys released him.
At 34 years old, McClain's suspension has been officially lifted by the NFL, a symbolic move given his long absence from professional football.