Shea McClellin Says Goodbye To Patriots Following Release

Shea McClellin bid the New England Patriots organization farewell on Monday following the news coming out of his release, ending his two year stint with the team.

The linebacker took to his Twitter account to send out a message to the Pats, Bill Belichick, the Kraft’s along with his teammates and, of course, the fans. McClellin also called the Patriots “the best organization in the NFL” so there doesn’t seem to be any hard feeling on the split.

Here’s McClellin’s full statement via his verified Twitter account:

“What an incredible two years it’s been! I’d like to thank the Kraft family, Coach Belichick, my coaches, the training staff, and the entire New England Patriots organization for the opportunity to play for the best organization in the NFL. Additionally, I’d like to thank my teammates whom I was fortunate to form everlasting memories and friendships with during my 2 years in New England that I’ll forever be grateful for. Lastly, to the incredible Patriots fans across the world, thank you – I will mis your cheers!” 

Back in 2016, the 28-year-old inked a three-year deal to join the Patriots on a contract worth around $9 million with $3.5 million guaranteed. That season he played in 14 games during the regular season totaling 41 tackles and one sack, while also contributing on special teams.

McClellin also started at linebacker for the Patriots when they faced off against and ultimately beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

McClellin’s second season with the Patriots, however, wasn’t as kind.

2017 was overall a lost year for the linebacker as he sat out the entire campaign due to various concussions. He made his return to practice for a brief moment in November, but then suffered a setback due to another concussion which was the nail in the coffin to his season.

Despite those concussions, the linebacker reportedly intended on continuing his NFL career. Now, however, it appears like it may have to be somewhere other than New England.

That said, given his kind words on the way out maybe the door is still open for a possible return for McClellin at a lower price tag. McClellin was set to earn $2.15 million in base salary and if he cannot find a suitor out on the free agent market, one then would have to wonder if a return could be in the cards.

Currently with his released, the Patriots have opened up $3.2 million in cap space for them to use in free agency.