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By cutting linebacker Jameel McClain at the end of February, the Baltimore Ravens saved $3.2 million on their salary cap, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
The move wasn't totally unexpected considering McClain spent the first six weeks of the 2013 on the PUP list after suffering a bruised spinal cord in 2012. Still, per Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the Ravens had hoped to re-sign McClain at a lower rate.
They never got the chance as McClain went on a free-agent tour that, per Wilson, included the Buffalo Bills before popping in to meet with the Giants and, per ESPN's Ben Goessling, the Minnesota Vikings.
He ended up signing a two-year deal with the Giants worth $4.5 million.
Originally slated to play the strong-side linebacker spot, McClain, who played inside linebacker for the Ravens, will now slide over to the middle for the Giants while starter Jon Beason recovers from a broken foot.
With McClain calling the defensive signals, the Giants are not expected to miss a beat.
“Obviously, Jon was a big part of us being able to turn around defensively last year because of his leadership, his communication skills,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell told reporters at the end of the three-day minicamp.
“And then we found the same thing in Jameel McClain in that he has good leadership skills, very good communication.”
Want another reason why McClain is an underrated signing?
As a member of the Super Bowl XLVII champion Ravens, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to get to the big game and can provide that experience to a locker room where only 17 members of the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI championship team remain on the current 90-man training-camp roster.