Patriots Observer

Covering New England Football

Tag: Rolando McClain

Group of 10: Where the Patriots Stand at Linebacker

Jerod Mayo has played in 12 of 32 games for the Patriots since 2013. (NFL Game Rewind)

Jerod Mayo has played in 12 games for the Patriots since 2013. (NFL Game Rewind)

The New England Patriots brought in linebacker Rolando McClain for a free-agent visit this week. And while the 25-year-old has since returned to the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal reportedly worth up to $4 million, New England’s off-the-ball interest could be telling at this stage in the game.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots offered McClain a one-year, $4 million contract. But the 12-game starter in 2014 left without signing, and ultimately agreed with the Cowboys on a comparably structured deal Wednesday.

McClain now is back in a situation he enjoyed a comeback year in, after spending the 2013 season out of football. That familiarity could have very well factored into his decision, as he should remain in the mix as Dallas’ middle linebacker, allowing the injured starter he replaced, Sean Lee, to slide over to the weak side.

In New England, McClain’s spot on the depth chart would have been far less certain in the long-term. Yet, on the other side, the Patriots’ off-line linebacker spots are also uncertain at this time.

Continue reading

Reports: Patriots Host Free Agent Rolando McClain

The Patriots hosted linebacker Rolando McClain on Monday. (NFL Game Rewind)

The Patriots hosted linebacker Rolando McClain on Monday. (NFL Game Rewind)

With Jerod Mayo working back from injured reserve and Dont’a Hightower expected to be out six to seven months, the New England Patriots could be in the market to add a free-agent linebacker.

One in consideration is Rolando McClain, who visited New England on Monday, as ESPN’s Field Yates and Todd Archer reported.

Continue reading

© 2017 Patriots Observer

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑