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Patriots Sign Linebacker Shea McCLellin

New England continued to stay busy Wednesday night, adding Shea McClellan, free agent linebacker who was a first round pick of the Bears in 2012.

New England may have had their first round pick unfairly taken away, but they are having no trouble finding first round picks from the last four years that have become available via free agency or the trade. After the Martellus Bennett trade, it seemed like their day was over, but as we've learned, the Patriots are anything but predictable. About an hour after news of the Bennett deal, reports started to trickle out that the Patriots picked up another Bear, this time on the defensive side of the ball.

Linebacker Shea McClellin, a 2012 first round pick of the Bears, has struggled to make the type of impact Chicago thought he would when they took him in 2012. McClellin isn’t the only highly selected linebacker who struggled in Chicago, as Jon Bostic, another player the Patriots acquired from the Bears, had his own issues before being shipped to Foxboro. Bostic had a positive impact on the Patriots special teams and also provided solid depth at linebacker, and they’re hoping that McClellin can have the same success.

McClellin, 26, is listed at 6’3, 245 pounds, and he played his college days at Boise State. He’s appeared in 52 games, starting 31, but he’s never played a full 16-game schedule. Over the course of his four seasons, he’s compiled 98 solo tackles, 63 assisted tackles, 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and two passes defended.

New England has been signing most free agents and acquiring players that are on a one year deal, but McClellin was signed to a three-year contract, which means they see something in him and he should be a factor beyond 2016.

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