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Rotowire: May 9 / 10:47a ET
News: Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio intends to move McClellin to inside linebacker, Chicago Tribune writer Rich Campbell reports.
Impact: McClellin has been unable to become the edge-rushing threat the Bears hoped he would be when they selected 19th overall in 2012, but he remains a standout athlete for a linebacker, and Fangio is hoping to turn him into a blitzing threat from the inside of Chicago's new 3-4 defense. McClellin will face a lot of competition from the likes of Jon Bostic and Christian Jones, but he would have significant IDP upside if he can somehow emerge as starter next to Mason Foster.
Rotowire: Apr 30 / 1:43p ET
News: GM Ryan Pace said Wednesday that the Bears would decline McClellin's fifth-year team option, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: McClellin remains under contract for the 2015 season -- the final year of his rookie deal -- before becoming eligible for free agency for the first time. The former first-round draft pick moved to linebacker last season and started 10 of his 12 games, finishing with a career-high 36 tackles, but just one sack. The Bears unsurprisingly decided that McClellin's relatively disappointing production to date didn't warrant the $7.715 million option he would have been due to receive in 2016.