Terrell McClain

Chiefs To Sign Pennel, Release McClain

The Chiefs have signed veteran defensive tackle Mike Pennel, according to ESPN.com’s Field Yates (on Twitter). To make room, they released fellow DT Terrell McClain

Pennel, 28, was a staple of the Jets’ up-and-down defense in 2017 and 2018. Before that, he spent the first three years of his career with the Packers and appeared in 37 games (five starts). He also ran into some unfortunate trouble while in Green Bay. In 2016, he served a pair of four-game bans for substance abuse. The second suspension was supposed to be for ten games, but Pennel managed to get the second suspension reduced.

With the Chiefs, he’ll occupy the depth role that was filled by McClain over the last couple of weeks. This week, Pennel will take on his old team – the Packers – on Sunday Oct. 27.

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Chiefs To Sign Stefen Wisniewski, Terrell McClain

The Chiefs, who are dealing with injuries to their O-line, are signing veteran Stefen Wisniewski, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network tweets that the club is also adding a vet to their defensive front, Terrell McClain.

Wisniewski spent the last three years with the Eagles, who declined his 2019 option in March. He drew some interest on the open market, and Philly re-signed him in May, but he did not survive final cutdowns.

The 6’3″, 305-pound lineman offers experience at both guard and center and will, at the very least, provide veteran competence off the bench. He may also get a spot start here and there, and he has started at least six games per season since entering the league in 2011.

McClain, meanwhile, spent 2018 with the Falcons and appeared in 13 games. He hooked on with the Cardinals this offseason but, like Wisniewski, was cut at the end of August. He will likely become part of the Chiefs’ D-line rotation right away given that Chris Jones and Xavier Williams are both expected to miss time.

Both men have become NFL journeymen. The Chiefs will be McClain’s seventh team and Wisniewski’s fourth.

The Chiefs have also waived T Ryan Hunter.

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Cardinals To Release DL Terrell McClain

Terrell McClain‘s bid to be part of the 2019 Cardinals did not last past the preseason. The Cards will release the veteran defensive lineman, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com tweets.

A journeyman who spent 2018 with the Falcons, McClain signed with the Cardinals in May. The team, however, signed Clinton McDonald recently and traded for Bruce Hector last week. McClain joins Andre Branch in Cardinals front-seven pieces released in the past two days. Arizona also parted ways with former first-round lineman Robert Nkemdiche this summer.

The Cardinals used a third-round pick on defensive end Zach Allen and a seventh-rounder on end Michael Dogbe but return starters Rodney Gunter and Corey Peters. McClain, 31, was expected to be part of Arizona’s rotation up front. Hector and McDonald look to be new solution efforts for the Cardinals, who have added several depth pieces to their roster this offseason.

McClain played in 12 games for the Falcons last season but is better known for his three-year run with the Cowboys. He started 15 games for the 2016 Cowboys, who claimed the NFC’s No. 1 seed, before migrating to Washington for a 12-game stretch with the Redskins in 2017. The Cardinals would have been the former third-round pick’s seventh team.

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Cardinals To Sign DT Terrell McClain

Defensive tackle Terrell McClain will sign a one-year deal with the Cardinals, a source tells Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com (on Twitter). McClain played in 13 games for the Falcons last season and started five.

McClain stabilized his career with the Cowboys, playing three seasons and being a full-time starter in 2016. He used that season as a springboard to a semi-lucrative deal with the Redskins, but they released him just after the 2018 draft, leading him to Atlanta.

The former third-round draft pick, started his career with Panthers and also played for the Patriots and Texans. He has history with new Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, so he won’t have much of a learning curve in Arizona.

The Cardinals invested two draft picks in the defensive line while balancing things out this offseason with veteran additions like Darius Philon and McClain.

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Falcons Sign DT Terrell McClain

The Falcons have won the Terrell McClain sweepstakes. The team announced an agreement with the UFA defensive tackle, and McClain will stay in Atlanta after taking an extensive post-draft tour.

McClain visited the Dolphins, 49ers, Cowboys and Falcons, making the trip to Atlanta on Friday. Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports this is expected to be a one-year agreement and the max value of the contract will be more than $4MM (Twitter link).

A former Cowboys starter, McClain was in Dallas on Thursday and worked out for some of his former coaches. The Cowboys were negotiating terms with the 29-year-old defender on Thursday, and Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted (via Twitter) McClain received offers from multiple teams. Rod Marinelli wanted him to return to Dallas, per Hill, but he’ll join a sixth NFL franchise instead.

McClain stabilized his career with the Cowboys, playing three seasons and being a full-time starter in 2016. He used that season as a springboard to a semi-lucrative deal with the Redskins, but they released him just after the draft. He’ll now join a Falcons defense that houses Grady Jarrett and Jack Crawford on its interior. The Falcons were linked to Da’Ron Payne on draft night in a would-be trade-up scenario, but they stood pat and have now opted to add veteran help instead.

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Falcons Meet With Terrell McClain

The Terrell McClain free agency tour continues. On Friday, the Falcons will meet with the defensive tackle, as Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com tweets

McClain is a logical fit for the Falcons on multiple levels. The veteran is a system fit for Atlanta and has the quickness to play as a 3-technique and attack from the outside shoulder of a guard. McClain also has a relationship with with Jack Crawford thanks to their time together with the Cowboys.

The 6’2″, 302-pound tackle has been a popular guy as of late. In recent days, he’s met with the Dolphins49ers, Cowboys. Reportedly, talks between McClain and Dallas are progressing and the Eagles also have interest in him.

The Falcons are pretty well set at defensive tackle with Grady JarrettJack Crawford, and rookie Deadrin Senat. Still, they could use some reinforcements after losing Dontari Poe this offseason. The recent extension for franchise quarterback Matt Ryan opened up a bit of cap space for Atlanta this season, so they have the flexibility to add McClain if they want.

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Cowboys Negotiating With Terrell McClain

Terrell McClain‘s generated widespread interest since the Redskins made him a post-draft release, and the latest from the defensive tackle’s eventful free agency stay is a possible reunion is in the works.

The Cowboys hosted McClain for a visit on Thursday, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (via Twitter) contract talks between McClain and his former team are progressing.

Some of the coaches McClain auditioned for on Thursday included ones he worked with during his time in Dallas, which ran from 2014-16. He started 15 games for the NFC’s No. 1 seed in 2016 and parlayed that into a multiyear deal with the Redskins, who proceeded to jettison McClain after just one season.

McClain also visited the 49ers and Dolphins and has drawn interest from the Eagles and Falcons. However, the Cowboys have shown interest for a bit now and may well be the clubhouse leader to land the soon-to-be 30-year-old defensive lineman. Dallas is not particularly deep at defensive tackle, with its only notable offseason addition coming via trade. And Jihad Ward has yet to show he was worthy of the second-round pick the Raiders used on him in 2016.

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Eagles Interested In DT Terrell McClain

The Eagles are interested in defensive tackle Terrell McClain, according to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle (on Twitter). Of course, they’re not alone in that regard. 

The Dolphins and 49ers both met with McClain earlier this month. And, on Thursday, the Cowboys will sit down with the 29-year-old (30 in July). The Falcons are also said to have interest in the veteran, though they have yet to schedule a meeting with him.

McClain signed a four-year, $12MM+ deal with the Redskins last year. His $3.25MM base salary was scheduled to become fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2018 league year, but Washington tweaked the deal to make it guaranteed for injury only. With no real financial obligation to McClain, the Redskins released him in late April.

McClain didn’t look great last year, but he had a career year in 2016 with 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He would make an interesting addition for the defending champs since defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan might not be available for the season opener. Haloti Ngata projects to step into his role, but McClain could help provide additional depth off the bench.

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Cowboys To Meet With Terrell McClain

The Cowboys have scheduled a meeting with defensive tackle Terrell McClain, Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan tweets. McClain played for the Cowboys from 2014-2016, so the team is already familiar with what he offers. 

After McClain was cut by the Redskins last week, Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay indicated that the team would be open to a reunion.

We’re gonna look at opportunities to improve the team. He had a great run here and if he wants to come back we’ll definitely look at it,” the exec said.

During his time in Dallas, McClain appeared in 30 games and started all 15 of his contests in 2016.

McClain played in 30 games for the Cowboys and started all 15 he played during the 2016 season. That ’16 season represented the best of his career as he put up 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Last year, however, he graded out as one of the three worst qualified defensive tackles in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. A change of scenery – or, rather, a return to the scenery that suited him best – could help him turn things around.

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49ers Meet With Terrell McClain

Terrell McClain‘s free agent tour continues. The defensive tackle will meet with the 49ers on Monday, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com (on Twitter). 

McClain met with the Dolphins last week and left without a deal, though the door is still open in Miami. Meanwhile, the Falcons have some level of interest in McClain, but have yet to schedule a visit.

The veteran appeared in 12 games with two starts for the Redskins last year, but he did not make a mark in his first season in the nation’s capital. McClain graded out as one of the three worst qualified defensive tackles in the NFL last year, per Pro Football Focus, though he did manage two sacks from the interior. The Redskins terminated McClain’s four-year, $12MM+ deal three seasons early, allowing them to save $3.25MM against the cap.

The 49ers currently project to start Earl Mitchell and DeForest Buckner at defensive tackle with Sheldon Day, D.J. Jones, Chris Jones, and seventh-round pick Julian Taylor in support. The Niners are unlikely to carry more than three reserve DTs, so McClain’s arrival would crowd that group even further.

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