The Colts released McCain (undisclosed) off injured reserve Tuesday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports. McCain made it through final roster cuts, but was subsequently placed on injured reserve. The skilled pass rusher recorded five sacks as a reserve last year for the Chargers, but had some off-the-field problems during the offseason.
McCain has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery from a January incident, NFL.com reports. The complaint is from Jan. 7 in Los Angeles, California and alleges McCain grabbed the neck of a woman. The Colts are aware of the situation and have said they're waiting for the investigation to take its course before taking internal actions. McCain is scheduled for an arraignment hearing July 13, and he claims innocence on his personal Twitter page.
McCain signed with the Colts on Tuesday. After receiving a tender from the Chargers in March, Los Angeles withdrew its offer in April, effectively making McCain an unrestricted free agent. McCain played a limited role in 2017 with just 241 defensive snaps, but he still produced an impressive 28 tackles -- six for a loss -- and five sacks. The Colts are shifting from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme, and McCain will compete with Jabaal Sheard and former linebacker John Simon for a place in the starting lineup.
McCain will become an unrestricted free agent when the Chargers officially withdraw their qualifying offer, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. The Chargers placed a right of first refusal tender offer on McCain back in March, but evidently the team intends to backtrack, which will effectively make the 26-year-old a free agent. The rotational defensive end registered a career-high five sacks in 2017, but three of those came in the beginning three weeks of the season.
McCain, a restricted free agent, received a right of first refusal tender on Wednesday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports. The tender all but locks McCain up with the Chargers for another season, as the team has the right to match any contract offered to the defensive end. The 26-year-old rotational lineman registered a career-high five sacks last season, but none of those came after Week 7.
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