The Ravens will be re-signing one of their core special teams players before he hits the free-agent market.
Reserve linebacker and special teams standout Albert McClellan has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the team, according to an industry source. Terms of the new contract aren’t known but the deal will be signed and finalized over the next couple of days.
McClellan, 29, would have become an unrestricted free agent on March 9 had he been unable to reach agreement with the Ravens, the only team that he has played for in his career.
An undrafted free agent in 2010, McClellan has been a key member of the Ravens’ special teams units since 2011. He led the Ravens in special teams tackles in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and ranked second last year. His 50 career special teams tackles are the 12th most in franchise history and lead the Ravens over the past five seasons.
He has also become a valuable reserve linebacker with the ability to play both inside and outside. Mostly being utilized as a reserve outside linebacker in 2015, McClellan had 11 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery. He played just over 15 percent of the team’s defensive snaps despite missing the final three regular-season games with an ankle injury.
With McClellan about to be re-signed and the Ravens having put the franchise tag on kicker Justin Tucker, the team now has nine potential unrestricted free agents: quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Matt Schaub, wide receiver Chris Givens, tight end Allen Reisner, offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Chris Carter; cornerback Shareece Wright and long snapper Morgan Cox.
NOTE: The Ravens filed the required paper work late last week to use the $4.57 million franchise tag on Tucker. They were one of 10 teams to use the tag before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline. The other players to get franchise or transitional tags were Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon, New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson and Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry.