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The Giants are always in need of a linebacker, and this year's reclamation project is former Baltimore Raven Jameel McClain (per Michael Silver of NFL.com).
This is not an unusual move for the Giants. Keith Rivers, a 2008 first-round pick (No. 9 overall), was acquired in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals before the 2012 season. Jon Beason, a 2007 first-round pick (No. 27 overall), was acquired in a mid-season trade last year. That was after the Giants union with Aaron Curry, a 2009 first-round pick (No. 4 overall), had already failed.
While the Giants aren't likely to spend draft picks on linebackers themselves, they sure don't mind recycling other teams' poor linebacker picks. McClain is slightly different, though—he crashed the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2008.
McClain was a consistent starter with the Ravens, even overcoming a serious spinal-cord injury, suffered at the end of the of the 2012 season, to start the final 10 games of the 2013 season. With Beason retained to man the middle and Spencer Paysinger/Jacquian Williams combo continuing to hold down the weak side, McClain factors in as the starting strong-side 'backer, according to the New York Daily News.