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Pernell McPhee | Linebacker

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 280
College: Mississippi State
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Bears agreed to terms with OLB Pernell McPhee on a five-year, $39 million contract.
The deal includes nearly $16 million in guarantees. McPhee played behind Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil last year, but still posted 7.5 sacks, 64 quarterback pressures and 24 quarterback hits while lining up everywhere from nose tackle to defensive end. He was PFF's No. 2 3-4 OLB, behind only Justin Houston. It's an excellent get for the Bears, who now have themselves a difference-maker for a defense that was ranked 30th in both 2013 and 2014. Mar 9 - 9:21 AM

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NBC Washington reports the Cardinals view free agent OLB Pernell McPhee as a "healthy replacement" for Darnell Dockett.

McPhee has been mostly an outside linebacker the last two seasons, but can rush the passer from multiple spots. In Arizona, he would offer the potential to play both end and edge rusher opposite Alex Okafor. McPhee is expected to approach $10 million annually on the open market.
Mar 7 - 3:56 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects the Colts to be "very involved" on free agent OLB Pernell McPhee.

McPhee's market is going to be scorching hot if we're to believe everything we've read over the past couple weeks. A versatile lineman who has the ability to rush off the edge, play with his hand in the dirt, and even push the pocket from the interior, McPhee is expected to approach $10 million annually on his new contract. Owner Jim Irsay has never been afraid to overpay, and the Colts badly need pass-rush juice off the edge. The Ravens-to-Colts connection is strong.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 25 - 2:42 PM

Commenting on free agent OLB Pernell McPhee, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said "we can't pay everybody market value."

It's as telling of a comment as you will ever hear from a general manager. Barring an unexpectedly soft market, McPhee will be walking in free agency. NFL sources have told the Baltimore Sun McPhee will command in the area of $8-10 million annually.
Feb 24 - 2:55 PM

NFL sources tell the Baltimore Sun that free agent OLB Pernell McPhee is expected to command $8-$10M per season.

The Sun calls McPhee a "luxury item the Ravens probably can't afford to retain," much like the Arthur Jones, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe situations of years past. Baltimore, up against the cap, will be fine to roll with Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw on the edge. McPhee won't come cheap to pass-rush needy teams, but he's just 26 years old and has plenty of tread left on his tires after serving as a part-timer throughout his Ravens career. He was PFF's No. 2 3-4 OLB last season, behind only Justin Houston.
Feb 23 - 8:56 AM

The Baltimore Sun expects free agent OLB Pernell McPhee likely to "become a very rich man this offseason."

If so, compensatory-pick hoarder GM Ozzie Newsome will be a happy man. McPhee just turned 26 and is coming off a 7.5-sack season. McPhee can rush the passer from several different positions, but was a role player in Baltimore. It sounds like he'll get paid full-time-player money by his next team.
Feb 8 - 9:14 AM

OLB Pernell McPhee is considered the Ravens' free agent most likely to leave.

McPhee is quietly one of the top free agents available this season. Expect him to get priced out of what the Ravens want to spend quickly, similar to Arthur Jones last season and Paul Kruger the year before. McPhee, PFF's No. 2 3-4 OLB in 2014, is our No. 6 free agent edge defender available in a stacked class.
Feb 5 - 10:14 AM

Ravens fourth-year OLB Pernell McPhee is enjoying his finest training camp to date.

This was the first offseason McPhee wasn't recovering from a surgery, and it's showing in practice. The Ravens have converted McPhee from defensive end to stand-up outside linebacker. He's hoping to take a leap forward after two down seasons. McPhee finished second on the Ravens with six sacks as a rookie in 2011. He's competing for a reserve role behind Terrell Suggs.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 12:56:00 PM

The Ravens are reportedly converting DL Pernell McPhee to outside linebacker.

It's a bit of an odd switch for a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defender who made his early-career mark as an interior hand-in-the-dirt pass rusher. Perhaps McPhee is just trying to add position flexibility to his resume. The Ravens are set in the starting lineup at rush 'backer with Elvis Dumervil bookending Terrell Suggs.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 06:02:00 PM

Ravens DL Pernell McPhee is participating fully in OTAs following offseason groin surgery.

After a terrific, six-sack rookie year, McPhee's sophomore season was ruined as he lost explosion due to double offseason knee surgeries. Despite more playing time, his sack total fell to 1.5. McPhee will return as a situational player behind Chris Canty and Arthur Jones, competing for pass-rush snaps in sub-packages.
Thu, May 23, 2013 10:38:00 PM

Ravens DE Pernell McPhee's rehab is on schedule following groin surgery.

After an impressive six-sack rookie season, McPhee battled through knee, thigh and groin injuries in 2012, limiting him to just 1.5 sacks. The Ravens plan on giving McPhee plenty of looks as a rush linebacker, and hope a return to his rookie playing weight will help regain the burst he seemed to lack last season.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 02:18:00 PM

Ravens DE Pernell McPhee recently underwent groin surgery, but he's expected to be ready for training camp.

It's been a tough calendar year for McPhee. He had two knee surgeries last offseason, and then battled a thigh injury during the season. It sapped McPhee of the explosion he showed as a rookie in 2011. He was held to just 1.5 sacks in 2012, a year after recording six of them.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 02:10:00 PM

Ravens LE Pernell McPhee is trying to shed weight after losing his burst this season.

McPhee bulked up to 290 pounds last offseason, roughly 10 pounds heavier than his 2011 playing weight, and it has sapped him of his quickness. McPhee also underwent two arthroscopic knee surgeries after the season, and that surely hasn't helped. He hasn't played since Week 7 due to knee and thigh issues and has been limited to individual work in practice. After registering six sacks in spot work last year, McPhee entered the season as a starter, but he's posted just a half-sack in seven games.
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 08:49:00 PM

Ravens LE Pernell McPhee (thigh, knee) is expected to return for Week 11 at Pittsburgh.

"I feel like I'm ready," said McPhee. "I feel like I'm 100 percent." The first-year starter has been a disappointment as a pass rusher this season after undergoing a pair of arthroscopic knee surgeries in the offseason.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 02:18:00 PM

Ravens DE Pernell McPhee (thigh, knee) has been ruled out for Week 10.

This makes two weeks in a row for McPhee, who underwent two arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee prior to training camp. McPhee hasn't been particularly effective this season generating only a half-sack and 16 tackles. Arthur Jones will again get the start in his place.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 09:14:00 AM

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