Chiefs sign FB McClain

Posted Aug. 03, 2011 @ 6:12 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

After leading the league in rushing last season, the Chiefs have spent the majority of their offseason resources on improving their passing game, drafting WR Jonathan Baldwin in the first round and adding WR Steve Breaston when free agency began a week ago.

On Wednesday, they team went back to focusing on their run game, announcing that they have signed one of the top fullbacks on the market, former Raven Le'Ron McClain.

McClain spent four seasons with the Ravens, two of which ended in Pro Bowl appearances. He started 54 games during his time in Baltimore, mainly used as a lead blocker for RB Ray Rice. A major contribution was also as a goal-line running back, scoring 12 touchdowns during his career (10 of which came in 2008.)

He was made expendable when the Ravens signed Pro Bowl FB Vonta Leach from the Texans last week.

The way we see it

While RBs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones will see the bulk of the carries, McClain could see some touches as a physical, short-yardage back. His main responsibility, however, will be creating running room for the two primary backs. The Chiefs didn't use a fullback too often last season, and it will be interesting to see how head coach Todd Haley integrates McClain into the offense.