ASHBURN, Va. – The Washington Redskins strengthened their line of defense in the draft and made a keyfree that signed a year ago dispensable.
The Redskins released defense lineman Terrell McClain on Monday, a source told ESPN
They had signed McClain to a four-year deal worth up to $ 21 million in their last term. His salary should be guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year, but the language in the contract was changed to guarantee only one injury.
McClain will count $ 3.75 million against the salary cap this season, unless the Redskins make it a June 1 designation, allowing them to join the hit in 2019.
The Redskins put together two linemen over the weekend: Alabamas Da & nb; Ron Payne in the first round and Virginia Tech's Tim Settle in the fifth round. They also have two other young linemen ̵
It did not help that McClain was not as prolific as Washington had hoped and finished 2017 with 17 tackles and two sacks. He launched two of the twelve games he played and missed weeks 12-15 with a toe injury.
Washington also cut defensive lineman AJ Francis.
In his seven seasons McClain has also played for Carolina, New England, Houston and Dallas. He played for the Cowboys for three years before signing with Washington.