The Atlanta Falcons recently tendered cornerback Robert McClain, making him a restricted free agent. However, the Falcons only gave McClain an original round tender of $1.431 million.
With that low number, McClain could draw interest from teams around the league in need of a defensive back, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
However, McClain is likely to draw some interest around the league. If he signs an offer sheet elsewhere and the Falcons decline to match, the Falcons would receive just a seventh-round pick — the round McClain was drafted in — as compensation.
McClure goes on to say he believes two contenders in the AFC, the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, could be interested in signing McClain. McClure cites the Patriots’ proximity to the Connecticut Huskies, McClain’s alma mater, and the Colts’ relationship with the school and their players as reasons he would be interested in joining those squads.
Last season, McClain made 65 tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered one, defended five passes and had a sack.