With the start of free agency falling at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the Ravens took care of one of their two restricted free agents Sunday by coming to an agreement with linebacker Albert McClellan.
The fourth-year linebacker agreed to a two-year deal in lieu of receiving a restricted tender, according to The Sun. McClellan was primarily a special-teams player in 2013, appearing in 15 games and making 12 tackles, but has the ability to play all four positions in the Ravens’ 3-4 base defense.
The Ravens could have elected to offer McClellan the low tender worth $1.431 million, which would have given them the right to match any offer sheet had another team tried to sign him. However, a two-year contract will likely bring a smaller cap figure for 2014 and keep a solid depth player under control for an additional season if he remains in Baltimore’s plans.
McClellan’s best season came in 2012 when he started 11 games and collected 49 tackles and a sack.
An undrafted free agent out of Marshall in 2010, McClellan spent his first season on the Ravens’ practice squad before eventually cracking the 53-man roster in 2011.