The Redskins have signed defensive lineman Terrell McClain on the second day of free agency. McClain is coming off a career year in 2016, recording 40 tackles along with 2.5 sacks.
The Washington Redskins will have a new big body on the defensive line, as the team announced on Friday the signing of defensive lineman Terrell McClain.
McClain, 28, is a six-year veteran who has played for the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Houston Texans and, most recently, the Dallas Cowboys.
For his career, the 6-foot-2, 302 pounder has collected 90 tackles (58 solo) along with eight tackles for loss, three fumbles forced and two fumbles recovered.
He originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick out of South Florida for the Panthers.
During his rookie season in 2011, McClain started all 12 games he appeared in, collecting 19 tackles along with a sack.
He made his professional debut on Sept. 11, 2011, recoding a tackle against the Arizona Cardinals. In Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings, McClain recorded his first career sack.
McClain was released by the Panthers on Sept. 26, 2012, before being signed by the New England Patriots.
He appeared in just one game with the Patriots in 2012 before spending three more games that season with the Texans.
In 2013, McClain signed with the Cowboys. During his debut season in Dallas, McClain appeared in all 16 regular season games, recording 10 tackles.
McClain would record 19 tackles in 13 games during the 2014 season along with a sack.
In 2016, the Tampa, Fla., native set career highs in tackles (40) and sacks (2.5). McClain would record a career-high 1.5 sacks in a 28-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5.
McClain joins a defensive line that will now be guided by veteran position coach Jim Tomsula. While Chris Baker’s future in Washington is uncertain at this time, McClain will play alongside a group that includes Ricky Jean Francois, Anthony Lanier and Matt Ioannidis among others.
Imposing Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Melifonwu is regarded as a rising draft prospect who is expected to go in the first round and many teams like him at cornerback because of his 6-4, 224-pound size, 4.40 speed and fluid movement at drills in the NFL scouting combine.
He played cornerback in the prestigious Senior Bowl all-star game and did well.
He met with the AFC South champion Texans at the Senior Bowl along with 14 other teams.
At the NFL scouting combine, Melifonwu had formal meetings with the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.
He had 44-inch vertical leap. Melifonwu also registered an 11-9 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.
Melifonwu's ascent as a draft prospect is reminiscent of Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones going in the first round after a strong workout circuit and playing at Connecticut.
He has a March 22 campus Pro Day workout at Connecticut that's expected to be widely attended by NFL personnel.
Melifonwu had 118 tackles last season and four interceptions. A four-year starter, Melifonwu had six interceptions over the past two seasons and cut down on his penalties.