9:04am: McClain’s deal is a one-year contract and will pay him $5MM, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter).
McClain, 26, has spent the last two seasons in Dallas after spending his first three NFL seasons in Oakland. Last season, McClain was suspended for the first four games of the year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The linebacker failed drug test No. 3 in early 2015 and the four-game suspension implies that he failed a fourth drug test.
In 2014, McClain recorded 87 tackles and a sack to go along with two interceptions in 13 games for the Cowboys in 2014. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked the former first-round pick eighth out of 60 qualified inside linebackers, and he excelled in every aspect of the game — PFF’s grades placed him eighth as a pass rusher, seventh as a cover man, and 11th as a run defender, among inside linebackers. This past season, McClain graded out as PFF’s No. 28 linebacker (subscription required). In his suspension-shortened season, McClain recorded 80 total tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 pass deflections.
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