Ravens reportedly re-sign veteran linebacker McClellan


Annually fielding one of the finest special-teams groups in the NFL, the Ravens have reportedly re-signed one of the key members of Jerry Rosburg’s units.
Baltimore has agreed to a multiyear deal with veteran linebacker Albert McClellan, according to The Sun. The 29-year-old was set to become an unrestricted free agent next week, but he will instead remain with the team that signed him as a rookie free agent out of Marshall in 2010.
McClellan has led the Ravens in special-teams tackles in three of his five NFL seasons and has served as a reserve at inside and outside linebacker throughout his career. In 74 career games (13 starts), he has collected 111 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and three pass breakups.
Counting the 2010 season in which he was a member of the practice squad, McClellan is tied with long snapper Morgan Cox and tight end Dennis Pitta for having the sixth-longest active tenure with Baltimore. Only outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, punter Sam Koch, guard Marshal Yanda, quarterback Joe Flacco, and defensive back Lardarius Webb have been with the Ravens longer.
Though terms of the contract were unknown as of Tuesday afternoon, McClellan received a $1 million base salary for the 2015 season and would likely be an affordable signing compared to their higher-profile unrestricted free agents such as offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, and cornerback Shareece Wright.
With the Ravens already having placed the franchise tag on kicker Justin Tucker on Friday and now coming to terms with McClellan, they have a total of nine players set to become unrestricted free agents, a list that also includes Cox, quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clausen, wide receiver Chris Givens, linebacker Chris Carter, and tight end Allen Reisner.