McClain announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he is joining the Patriots, after spending the last the three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
The 26-year-old originally entered the league as a Carolina Panthers seventh-round pick out of UConn in 2010. The Huskies product went on to play one season with the team that drafted him, and later spent a month with the Jacksonville Jaguars before signing with Atlanta in 2012.
McClain has since appeared in a total of 63 NFL games, starting 17, and recording 202 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, 21 pass deflections and three interceptions.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound defensive back allowed 47 receptions for 552 yards and two touchdowns on 70 targets for the Falcons last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He registered 60 tackles, one sack, five deflections and two interceptions – both against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
McClain has worked outside and at nickelback, and also brings experience as a punt returner.
With his addition, New England’s cornerback depth chart now sits at nine. He joins Fletcher and Chimdi Chekwa as the newest members of the group. All three have been added since the new league year began on March 10.