McPhee's three-year tenure in Chicago was derailed by a slew of injuries, namely a lingering knee injury but also a right shoulder injury he suffered last December. He's getting a fresh start in Washington, and should provide a nice boost to the Redskins' pass rush. The 2011 fifth-rounder has racked up 31 sacks in 96 career games.
McPhee was released by the Bears in February after battling chronic knee issues over the past few seasons. The 29-year-old landed on injured reserve in December with a shoulder injury but faced a limited snap count through much of the season due to his knees. The veteran is likely to serve in a rotational role for the Redskins behind starting outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith.
The Bears released McPhee (shoulder) on Monday.
Since inking a five-year, $38.5 million contract with the Bears in 2015, McPhee has struggled to stay on the field, with chronic knee issues proving particularly problematic for the outside linebacker. He's missed multiple games in each of his three seasons with Chicago, and though he suited up for 13 contests in 2017, McPhee had his snap counts restricted in most of those outings. While it was a right shoulder injury that resulted in McPhee finishing the past season on injured reserve, it's the health of his knees that will likely give teams pause in handing him significant guaranteed money as he heads back to the free-agent pool. The 29-year-old is probably best utilized as a part-time player at this stage of his career.
McPhee will be replaced on the 53-man roster by fellow linebacker Jonathan Anderson, who was signed in a corresponding move. Since inking a five-year, $38.75 million pact with the Bears in March of 2015, McPhee has had difficulty staying healthy, with chronic knee issues hindering him in addition to the right shoulder injury he sustained in the Week 15 loss to the Lions. McPhee will wrap up the 2017 campaign with 21 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble across 13 appearances.
McPhee (shoulder) is doubtful to return to Saturday's contest at Detroit.
During the Lions' touchdown drive in the second quarter, McPhee blew up a screen play but promptly went to the sideline favoring his right arm. Now confirmed as a shoulder injury, he likely aggravated the issue that forced a one-game absence Week 14. Moving forward, he could be a weekly question mark for the final two outings of the season.
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