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Shea McClellin | Linebacker

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 245
College: Boise State
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Bears DC Vic Fangio wants to see Shea McClellin at inside linebacker.
"He has been hindered, I think, by being moved around," Fangio said. "Maybe it's time to lock him down into hopefully an inside linebacker spot." McClellin has struggled to find a position after being taken with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, failing at both defensive end and outside linebacker in the Bears' old 4-3 scheme. Fangio will give him a shot on the inside in the new 3-4 defense, but he is unlikely to beat out Mason Foster or Jon Bostic for a starting job. May 9 - 1:31 PM

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The Bears will not pick up OLB Shea McClellin's fifth-year option in 2016.

McClellin, the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, has done nothing to warrant the Bears picking up the $7.8 million tab for 2016, even if it's guaranteed for injury-only. McClellin has struggled to find a position at the NFL level. Drafted as a pass-rushing 4-3 end, he has just 7.5 career sacks through 40 games.
Apr 29 - 1:42 PM

The Bears will try Shea McClellin at inside linebacker in new DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense.

The 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, McClellin failed as an early-career defensive end, and also failed to impress at strong-side linebacker last year. Simply an overdrafted tweener, the Bears would be lucky to salvage McClellin as a passable starter under Fangio. McClellin will compete for playing time against Mason Foster, Jon Bostic, and probably a draft pick.
Mar 25 - 7:52 PM

The Bears are unsure what Shea McClellin's role will be in their new 3-4 defense.

The Bears ran a 4-3 under Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman, but that will change with John Fox at the helm. McClellin switched to outside linebacker last season after playing defensive end his first two years in the league. McClellin has experience on the inside from his time at Boise State but profiles best as a weak outside linebacker. 2015 is the last year of McClellin's rookie contract.
Feb 19 - 8:36 AM

Bears SLB Shea McClellin (hand) has been ruled out for Week 6.

McClellin will miss his fourth straight game. Jon Bostic will continue to play on the strong side, with Khaseem Greene starting in place of WLB Lance Briggs.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 07:41:00 PM

Bears LB Shea McClellin (hand) has been ruled out for Week 5.

McClellin has now missed three straight games. The early rule out means he'll be highly questionable for Week 6.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 03:21:00 PM

Bears LB Shea McClellin (hand) will not play in Sunday's Week 4 game against the Packers.

It will be McClellin's second straight game out after breaking his hand in practice last week. Jon Bostic started in place of McClellin and played every snap in the Bears' Week 3 win over the Jets. He'll again be in that role. The Bears are banged up at linebacker, safety and corner right now -- never a good thing when getting set to face Aaron Rodgers.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 08:04:00 AM

Shea McClellin opened training camp as the Bears' starting strong-side linebacker.

Jon Bostic practiced with the twos at Mike 'backer, behind D.J. Williams. McClellin is being backed up by impressive UDFA Christian Jones, with Lance Briggs healthy at weak-side linebacker. Expect improvement from Chicago's 2014 defense with its health restored and several impact offseason additions.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 03:23:00 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright does not believe SLB Shea McClellin will win a starting linebacker spot.

After converting him from defensive end, the Bears have McClellin competing with Jon Bostic for the SLB job and D.J. Williams at MLB. Wright does not believe McClellin wins either battle. Chicago needs athletes on the field improve on its league-worst run defense, and McClellin is one of the better ones they have. He should see lots of snaps this season regardless of his starting status.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, May 31, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Shea McClellin dropped 11 pounds in the offseason in preparation for his switch to linebacker.

McClellin looks like a new man. He's down to 252 pounds, saw his forty time quicken from 4.74 to 4.50, and dropped a ton of bad weight, getting his body fat percentage down from 18 to 10. McClellin spent the winter in California training, working on his drops, getting stronger, and building up his confidence. The Bears plan to work the 2012 first-rounder at strong-side linebacker.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:30:00 AM

The Bears will work former DE Shea McClellin at both strong-side and middle linebacker this offseason.

The only secure linebacker position in Chicago is on the weak side, where Lance Briggs is locked in. The other two spots are up for grabs. McClellin was a bust at defensive end, but GM Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman are confident he'll contribute on the second level. He'll emerge onto the IDP radar if he wins the middle linebacker job, but is most likely ticketed for "Sam."
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 04:06:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune confirms 2012 first-round pick Shea McClellin will convert to strong-side linebacker this offseason.

After failing as a pass-rush specialist, the Bears hope to salvage McClellin's career as a stand-up linebacker, where GM Phil Emery believes he can upgrade the team's run defense. Chicago's hope is McClellin will make like Seahawks DE-turned-SLB Bruce Irvin and allow the Bears to field as many athletes on defense as possible. McClellin mostly played with his hand up at Boise State.
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 10:31:00 PM

Coach Marc Trestman suggested Shea McClellin could be moved to linebacker.

McClellin has been unproductive since the Bears took him 19th overall in 2012, compiling 6.5 sacks as a rotational rusher in 28 games. Trestman thinks he could play some SAM linebacker in a 4-3, while GM Phil Emery said he hopes McClellin can progress like Rob Ninkovich and Jason Babin did. It's certainly not all on McClellin, but the once proud Bears defense finished the season 30th in the league.
Thu, Jan 2, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Bears LE Shea McClellin (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 10 against the Lions.

It's another big blow to Chicago's run defense; McClellin has been the team's every-down starting left end and GM Phil Emery recently praised McClellin publicly for his run stoppage. The Bears are already without DT Henry Melton, and RE Julius Peppers has struggled all year. Fire up Reggie Bush in Week 10.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 02:10:00 PM

Bears DE Shea McClellin has been battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

It must not be a severe case because McClellin has been active in OTAs and the team expects him to participate in this week's minicamp. The No. 19 overall pick in last year's draft missed two games last season, but neither absence was due to foot woes. McClellin finished with just 2.5 sacks as a situational rusher.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 08:12:00 AM