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Giants reach agreement with linebacker Jameel McClain

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain reacts to

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain reacts to a play during the second half of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Credit: AP / Nick Wass

The Giants didn't only give Jon Beason a new contract. They got him a wingman.

A day after agreeing to terms with their returning middle linebacker, they did the same with former Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain.

The 28-year-old had visited the Giants last week before the start of free agency -- he was released by the Ravens in February so he was allowed to do so -- along with several other teams since.

It seemed as if the Giants had moved on from the idea of signing McClain when they agreed to sign O'Brien Schofield. But when the Giants were not happy with Schofield's ankle during his physical, they put that contract on hold and doubled back on McClain. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

Of course, McClain's contract will require him to have a physical as well (if he didn't already have one during his previous visit). That has the potential to be an issue.

The 245-pounder suffered a spinal contusion in 2012 that put him on PUP for the start of 2013. He wound up starting all 10 games for the Ravens after he returned from the injury and racked up 52 tackles, but the Giants likely will want to give that injury a very close examination.

With the Giants using sub packages such as a nickel and three-safety look so often, they likely will play most of their defensive downs this season with two linebackers on the field. Beason will be one of them. McClain likely will be the other. He'll compete with Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams for that spot. The Giants also have Mark Herzlich, who can play the middle or the outside.

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