According to multiple reports, the New England Patriots and former Bears LB Shea McClellin have come to terms on a three-year deal. Last season, McClellin ranked third on the Bears with 81 tackles, while rotating between DE, ILB, and MLB.
While his tackling numbers are impressive, make no mistake about it: Shea McClelllin is not going to make a massive impact on this team.
It's simply a GOOD depth move. McClellin could prove to be a good, if not great, backup linebacker after the retirement of Jerod Mayo. He could even play a role of some sorts on Special Teams. However, this guy has a lot of issues.
McClellin's problem is that he is too weak to play up on the line, but he isn't fast enough to drop back into coverage as a linebacker. He is a good player, and could find a knack in a Bill Belichick-coached defense, but the former first-round pick has been overvalued his entire career. The Bears should have never drafted him in the first round and he should have never been expected to be a perennial Pro Bowler.
Am I convinced he will have a resurrection to his career once he steps into Gillette? No. Am I optimistic? Yes.