NFL Free Agency officially begins at 3pm CT on Thursday, March 9th, but teams and players are free to negotiate deals already. We've seen many an NFL name connected to a new team and home, and now we're seeing that with one of our own. Former Cowboys Defensive Tackle Terrell McClain is expected to sign with the Washington Redskins.
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This news isn't particularly shocking for those that have been – and should be – following along here at Inside The Star. Terrell McClain is someone who latched on to the Cowboys in 2014, but grew more and more under Rod Marinelli before putting together an impressive 2016 campaign.
Last season McClain had career highs in sacks (2.5) and tackles (21). The 28-year old was looking for a new home and has seemingly found it in our nation's capital, despite the fact that the quarterback for that franchise is looking for a way out of there.
It never felt like the Cowboys were going to keep Terrell McClain. The whole sequence felt very similar to Jason Hatcher – who left the Cowboys after 2014, a crossover with McClain – and ultimately ended up identically. Both Terrell McClain and Jason Hatcher wore #97 for the Cowboys, had impressive seasons in their contract year, and defected towards the division rival Washington Redskins.
Also similar to Hatcher, many feel that McClain won't be a proper scheme fit in Washington as they run more of a 3-4 defense, but that's a problem for a team of a lower caliber to have to figure out now as they look to put together a team in the middle of so much dysfunction.
The Cowboys seem to have a precarious amount of depth along the interior of the defensive line. Last year's third-round selection Maliek Collins played well, last year's first Free Agent Cedric Thornton will hopefully come along, Tyrone Crawford may very well end up back inside, and next month's NFL Draft could bring with it some more toys for Rod Marinelli.