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Pernell McPhee | Linebacker

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 269
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (165) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Redskins signed OLB Pernell McPhee.
McPhee had an offer from the Redskins for nearly a week. He couldn't find anyone to better it. McPhee is coming off a disastrous three-year stint in Chicago after signing a high-dollar deal in 2015. Going on 30, he will work to earn situational pass rusher duties this summer. Mar 26 - 3:36 PM

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Free agent OLB Pernell McPhee is visiting the Falcons on Wednesday.

McPhee has an offer in hand from the Redskins, according to Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz, but it must not be enough to keep McPhee from making other visits. In Atlanta, McPhee could replace Adrian Clayborn, who left as a free agent and signed with the Patriots. McPhee turns 30 later this year.
Mar 21 - 10:26 AM

Free agent LB Pernell McPhee is visiting the Redskins on Monday.

McPhee joins a long list of defensive players the Redskins have played host to during free agency. This is the first time the former Bear has been linked to any team since being released in February. He appeared in just 36 games the last three seasons with Chicago, recording 14 sacks. He will be 29 when the season begins and is likely looking at a low base contract if someone gives him a second chance as an outside pass rusher.
Mar 18 - 9:58 PM

Bears released OLB Pernell McPhee.

The Bears have also released S Quintin Demps. Together, the moves create $10.335 million in cap space. $7.075 million of that comes from McPhee, whose release is one of the least surprising of the offseason. Signed to a "five-year, $38.75 million" contract in 2015, McPhee struggled to stay healthy, appearing in just 36 games in three years as a Bear, generating a modest 14 sacks. 2018 will be his age-29 season. He'll have to settle for a low base contract as he looks for someone to take a second chance on him as a situational pass rusher.
Feb 26 - 3:27 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes Bears OLB Pernell McPhee will have to take a pay cut to return in 2018.

McPhee is due a $200,000 roster bonus in June but has a massive $7.2 million salary and has been completely unable to stay healthy with Chicago. When on the field, McPhee plays tough and still has gas in the tank, but he's entering his age-30 season on a rebuilding Bears squad that may not consider him necessary. Dickerson thinks McPhee's leadership could keep him around.
Feb 21 - 10:09 AM

Bears placed OLB Pernell McPhee on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

McPhee has mostly been a disappointment since signing with the Bears ahead of the 2015 season, battling injuries and missing 12 of a possible 48 games. McPhee has 14 sacks, including four this season, for Chicago, but he did receive strong marks for his run defense and pass rush from Pro Football Focus this season. Due $7.57 million in salary and bonuses next season, McPhee may be done in the Windy City. The Bears would clear $7.075 million by cutting him.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 10:45:00 AM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) is questionable for Week 1 against the Falcons.

McPhee practiced on a limited basis this week and should be good to go for Sunday's opener. He missed all of camp after undergoing a July knee scope.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 01:51:00 PM

Bears DC Vic Fangio expects OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) to be active for Sunday's Week 1 game against the Falcons.

"He's not limping around, which is good," said Fango. "I see no evidence that he's dragging his leg." At one point it looked like McPhee might start the year on the reserve/PUP list but he's looked good at practice this week and should be out there for Sunday's opener.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 03:07:00 PM

Bears coach John Fox said OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) is "probably in the best shape he’s ever been in."

This cliché is not particularly convincing when every player claims it at the beginning of August, and it is even more difficult to believe after McPhee spent all of camp on the PUP with a knee injury. Still, the Bears did activate him off the PUP at final cuts, meaning they expect him back at least before Week 7, and Fox made it sound like he could be ready for the opener on Sunday.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Bears activated OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) from the active/PUP list.'s Ian Rapoport incorrectly reported earlier Saturday that McPhee was expected to revert to reserve/PUP. Instead, he will be available as the Bears place LaMarr Houston on injured reserve. McPhee's time with the Bears has been positively ruined by knee issues. He'll try to get back on his feet as a situational pass rusher.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 03:13:00 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (knee surgery) will begin the year on the reserve/PUP list.

He will miss at least the first six games of the season, and likely more. McPhee's July operation was supposedly just a "scope," but's Ian Rapoport reports the issue remains "worrisome." McPhee has been besieged by knee woes since signing with the Bears in 2015.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 12:17:00 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (PUP) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday.

The Bears are calling it a cleanup procedure. The injury was discovered during McPhee's physical earlier this week. The Bears have yet to establish a timetable for his return, though knee scopes typically take between 2-4 weeks to recover from. McPhee suffered an injury to his other knee last season, causing him to miss seven games.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 02:31:00 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (PUP) is dealing with a right knee issue after his left knee troubled him for most of 2016.

Coach John Fox said an "irregularity" was detected during McPhee's camp physical, and that he didn't even attempt the conditioning test. This being the Bears, they haven't publicly placed a timeline on his return. McPhee has been plagued by knee issues since signing with the Bears in 2015. He played just 273 snaps last season.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 01:24:00 PM

Bears placed OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) on the active/PUP list.

McPhee dealt with knee issues in his first two seasons in Chicago as well. The Bears defense took big steps forward last season, and having a healthy McPhee should continue that progression.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 09:59:00 AM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee says he's lost 25 pounds since last offseason.

Plagued by knee issues his first two years in Chicago, McPhee must be hoping less heft means less wear and tear. McPhee is listed at 273. He turned 28 in December. A healthy McPhee would be a big development for the Bears' front seven. He's currently recovering from shoulder surgery.
Tue, Apr 4, 2017 01:36:00 PM