The Redskins desperately need help along the defensive line. Only two interior players remain under contract for 2017 in Ricky-Jean François and Matt Ioanidis.
While the team had mostly been watching their own free agents leave to join other teams, finally, a report emerged of the 'Skins bringing somebody in.
#Redskins are signing DT Terrell McClain, per source. 4 yr deal north of $21M. They fill a big need in the trenches.— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) March 9, 2017
McClain had a solid year in 2016, but looking back over his career, injuries are repeatedly an issue.
Drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2011, McClain played 12 games as a rookie before landing on the injured reserve. He missed the bulk of the 2012 season, playing three games with New England and one game with Houston. In 2013, he signed with Houston and played a full 16-game season. That year, 2013, would be the only complete 16-game season of his career.
In 2014, he signed with the Cowboys. A high ankle sprain in training camp limited his early season momentum, though he played in 13 games that year as a reserve. The 2015 season saw McClain go back on injured reserve, and he played just two games that year.
Finally, in 2016, McClain had his breakout year. He started 15 games for Dallas, logged 39 tackles to go with 2.5 sacks.
Assuming he can stay healthy, which is a big assumption, McClain can help the Redskins in the defensive trenches. At 300 lbs, he might be best suited for a defensive tackle role in the 4-3 scheme, as he might not have quite the size to play nose tackle in the 3-4 scheme that Washington runs.
McClain has talent, certainly, and can help the Redskins up front. Teams need talent, while health can be near impossible to predict.
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