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

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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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