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REPORT: Albert McClellan Expected to Sign With Patriots

November 06, 2018 - 5:57 am

By Joe Schiller 

The addition of Ty Montgomery before last week’s trade deadline meant a player on the Ravens’ 53-man roster.

That player was Albert McClellan.

The veteran was released for the second time this season and seems to have his sights set on playing elsewhere.

According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, McClellan visited the New England Patriots on Monday and is expected to sign with the team today.

McClellan missed all of last season after suffering a torn ACL. He returned to the team in the offseason but was released, only to be re-signed on September 17th.

“We had a long conversation. In fact, we’ve talked every day,” said special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, on McClellan last week. “He’s doing well, obviously wants to play. We want him to play. We love the guy; he means a lot to all of us. I’ll just leave it at that. The rest of us … [There’s> a lot of personal stuff that goes on in the league when you get a guy that plays that long for that well and is a leader like he is. He’s very close to all of us.”

As Zrebiec noted, as much as Rosburg and the Ravens may have very well wanted McClellan back, but he’s looking for an opportunity to play in the present. McClellan’s versatility to play at inside or outside linebacker, along with on special teams - is an enticing option for any team, especially in the current state of the free agent market.

The Patriots, 7-2, have rebounded after their typical slow start and have found peek mid-season form. They will be contending for a Super Bowl in January like every year and McClellan will have the chance to earn a second ring, assuming he sticks around. 

The Ravens have enough depth at linebacker where they felt the move was justified, but nonetheless, McClellan’s absence will be felt even in the slightest.