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Friday, March 14, 2014

Giants and LB Jameel McClain agree to terms

By on 3/14/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Baltimore Ravens cut linebacker Jameel McClain saving some coin in salary cap space while bidding adieu to LB who stared down mortality and emerged victorious.  Recognizing McClain’s toughness, heart and versatility, the New York Giants agreed to terms with the former Raven on a contract that will be signed today.

McClain started the 2013 season on the physically unable to perform list missing the first six weeks of the season with a bruised spinal cord suffered in 2012.

In a Week 14 loss to the Washington Redskins, McClain suffered a spinal cord contusion and was told by at least one doctor he would never play again.  McClain persevered and 10 months later made his 2013 season debut in the Ravens' Week 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

McClain had 52 tackles and one forced fumble in 10 games for the Ravens, a remarkable accomplishment considering the adversity he faced to get back to the game he loves.

McClain is a quick, hard-hitting LB that can play both the MLB and OLB positions.  Early speculation had McClain anchoring the middle of the defense for the Big Blue Wrecking Crew but with the re-signing LB Jon Beason to a three-year deal, McClain projects to be at one of the OLB spots in the Giants’ 4-3 defense.

The G-Men’s linebacking corps is shaping up nicely for 2014.  With the signing of McClain and re-signing of Beason, the Giants tendered a deal in free agency to Spencer Paysinger and re-signed Jacquian Williams and Mark Herzlich.

LB Keith Rivers, who signed to a two-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, leaves the Swamp for a gloomier Western New York. 

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