The Washington Redskins have agreed to a four-year contract worth over $20 million with DT Terrell McClain, a defensive tackle with the Dallas Cowboys, according to reports.
#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 is not a big name, but he played well for the Cowboys in 2016, leading the defensive line with 41 tackles and adding 2.5 sacks, 9 QB pressures, 2 forced fumbles and 3 tackles for loss.
McClain has played in the NFL six years and his breakout season was in a contract year, so questions about whether or not his good performance last year was an anomaly will be asked. He did strongly solidify Dallas’ stout run defense in 2016 and stopping the run has to be the top priority for Washington’s defense.
McClain was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft in 2011 by the Carolina Panthers and quickly became a starter before a knee injury derailed him. The Panthers eventually released McClain and he bounced around the NFL, having stints with the Patriots and Texans before the Cowboys claimed him in 2014.
McClain started 15 games for the Cowboys in 2016.
At 6’2″ and just over 300 pounds, McClain seems like more of a replacement for the almost-sure-to-depart Chris Baker than a real nose tackle.