November 25, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive back Robert McClain (27) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Falcons Re-Sign Restricted Free Agent CB Robert McClain


The Atlanta Falcons were busy on Friday taking care of one of their own.

According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post the Falcons have re-signed restricted free agent CB Robert McClain.

McClain, 25, started five games for the Falcons last season and recorded 55 tackles, a pair of forced fumbles, and five passes defended.

Pro Football Focus ranked McClain as the No. 61 cornerback out of 110 qualifiers.

McClain seems to be enough of a quality player to compete for snaps as a nickel back or jump back in the starting lineup in a pinch.

The 25-year old McClain was a seventh round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2010.

He played in all 16 games as a rookie with the Panthers, recording 14 tackles, but proved to be a solid contributor during his first year in Atlanta in 2011 where he appeared in 15 games, making 53 tackles while breaking up 10 passes.

The U Conn product showed some versatility in college as in addition to being a solid corner, also returned punts and kicks for the Huskies, where he was a co-captain in 2009 and was selected as All-Big East Second Team cornerback.

Had McClain tested the market and signed an offer sheet with another team, the falcons would have had the right to match.

 

 

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