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Jameel McClain | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245
College: Syracuse
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Giants released MLB Jameel McClain.
McClain recorded 116 tackles as a 14-game starter last season, but he was a big part of the Giants' bottom-five run defense. Cutting McClain and Ashlee Palmer indicates New York is confident Jon Beason (knee) will be ready Week 1. Sep 5 - 3:22 PM

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Giants MLB Jameel McClain (neck) will return to practice on Sunday.

A neck stinger sidelined him for a little over a week. McClain received PFF's 10th-worst inside linebacker grade out of 60 qualifiers last season. He'll back up veteran MLB Jon Beason in the Giants' 4-3 scheme.
Aug 16 - 1:08 PM

Giants SLB Jameel McClain will be sidelined "a while" with a neck stinger.

It's a concern since McClain has a history of neck issues. He missed nearly a year of action between 2012-13, but appeared in all 16 games last season.
Aug 6 - 4:50 PM

X-rays on Giants SLB Jameel McClain's foot came back negative.

However, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports McClain could undergo an MRI on Wednesday. For now, the Giants are saying McClain is simply dealing with "soreness" after being carted off the practice field on Tuesday. The G-Men can ill afford McClain's injury to be serious with Jon Beason (foot) on the shelf.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 05:48:00 PM

Giants DC Perry Fewell said the team signed SLB Jameel McClain partly as insurance against an injury to MLB Jon Beason.

Fewell said the Giants signed McClain to start outside, but they also viewed him as a player who could step in for Beason inside, in the event of injury. This news suggests McClain could replace Beason (foot) if he misses early-season games. McClain may be able to play middle linebacker in a pinch, but he is an underwhelming option. The Giants need Beason to get healthy quickly.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 11:15:00 AM

Jameel McClain is penciled in as one of the Giants starting outside linebackers.

McClain inked a two-year, $4.1 million deal with the G-Men last month. After MLB Jon Beason's re-signing, McClain will flank him at one of the outside spots. Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams will compete on the opposite side. Other than possibly Beason, there's no IDP value here whatsoever.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 09:41:00 AM

Giants agreed to terms with LB Jameel McClain, formerly of the Ravens, on a two-year, $4.1 million contract.

The Giants aren't done at linebacker despite giving Jon Beason $19 million to remain their starting "Mike". It's possible they'll ask McClain to play outside after O'Brien Schofield's deal was nixed by a failed physical. McClain, 28, overcame a scary spinal injury to start 10 games for the Ravens last season. He's a middling talent along with Spencer Paysinger/Jacquian Williams at the other outside 'backer spot.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 10:10:00 PM

The Titans remain interested in free agent ILB Jameel McClain.

The Titans continue to scour the market for defenders with 3-4 experience. McClain is also drawing interest from the Vikings, Giants and Bills.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 09:26:00 AM

Free agent ILB Jameel McClain will visit the Vikings on Monday.

McClain has already visited the Giants and Bills, and is believed to be at the Meadowlands on Thursday. He'd help man the middle in Minnesota.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 03:45:00 PM

Free agent ILB Jameel McClain will visit the Giants.

McClain is visiting the Bills Wednesday but plans to make the trip east to the Meadowlands. The soon-to-be 29-year-old played all over the second level of the defense for the Ravens during his time with Baltimore. He'd ideally play the middle. If the Giants re-sign MLB Jon Beason, McClain could play outside.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 02:18:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, free agent ILB Jameel McClain is set to visit the Bills on Wednesday.

Rapoport added McClain has other visits scheduled as well. McClain came back from a spinal injury in 2012 to play 10 games for the Ravens last season. He has never been an above average linebacker, but has 55 games of starting experience and should not break the bank. McClain is our No. 11 free agent inside linebacker.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 10:05:00 PM

Ravens informed ILB Jameel McClain and FB Vonta Leach of their release.

The moves clear approximately $4.95 million in cap space. McClain put 10 ordinary games on film last season after returning from a spinal cord injury, but has 55 games of starting experience. He's unlikely to draw interest as a starter in the first wave of free agency, but could be viewed as a cheaper option once the big names are signed. McClain has never graded out positively as a starter in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Leach, 32, was a minimal part of Baltimore's 2013 offense as the running game screeched to a halt. He performed poorly as a lead blocker and is nearing the end of the line.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 03:00:00 PM

The Ravens are expected to release ILB Jameel McClain.

The move would clear $3.2 million in cap space. McClain suffered a spinal cord injury in Week 14 of the 2012 season but was activated in October and made ten starts, registering 52 tackles. However, he's not a playmaker, and the Ravens have 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown waiting in the wings.
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Jameel McClain will start at inside linebacker in Sunday's game against the Browns.

Playing for the first time since sustaining a spinal cord injury in Week 14 of last season, McClain had six tackles in Week 7. He's come out of the bye healthy and will start ahead of Josh Bynes. Expect some kind of rotation initially.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 12:27:00 PM

Ravens activated ILB Jameel McClain (neck) from the reserve/PUP list.

McClain was cleared to resume practicing Wednesday and is listed as probable for Week 7. He'll likely be used in a situational role in his season debut against the Steelers. The Ravens waived TE Billy Bajema for the third straight week in a corresponding move.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 03:01:00 PM

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