Falcons agree to terms with defensive tackle Terrell McClain


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons agreed to terms with defensive tackle Terrell McClain on Friday, further solidifying their defensive line rotation.

McClain, 29, has played seven seasons in the NFL, most recently playing for the Washington Redskins last year. In a rotational role, McClain recorded 20 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery for the Redskins.


The 6-foot-2, 302-pound defensive tackle appears to be a good fit for what the Falcons are looking for on the defensive line. He's an upfield player who can make plays in an opponent's backfield and could offer some production as a pass-rusher.

McClain's most productive seasons came with the Dallas Cowboys, where he played from 2014-16. In those three seasons, McClain registered 60 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. The Cowboys scheduled a visit with McClain earlier this week, according to reports, and the defensive tackle also recently met with the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins.

In his NFL career, McClain has played in 74 games with 29 starts after being selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has recorded 109 tackles, 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. McClain will be reunited with his former Cowboys teammate Jack Crawford, who joined the Falcons last offseason after playing the previous three seasons in Dallas. Alongside Crawford and McClain, the Falcons have Grady Jarrett and rookie Deadrin Senat at defensive tackle.

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