Patriots Sign S Obi Melifonwu & LB Albert McClellin, Cut DE Geneo Grissom & OL Cole Croston


The New England Patriots have officially signed S Obi Melifonwu and LB Albert McClellan to contracts on Tuesday and waived DE Geneo Grissom and OL Cole Croston.

Melifonwu, 24, was selected by the Raiders with the No. 56 overall pick. He’s in the second year of his four-year, $4.5 million contract and set to make base salaries of $669,972 and $824,944 over the next two years.

The Raiders placed Melifonwu on injured reserve coming out of the preseason last year while he was working his way back from knee surgery and later brought him back.

Melifonwu was waived with an injury designation during the preseason and later reverted to the Raiders’ injured reserve list before being cut loose on Tuesday.

In 2017, Melifonwu appeared in five games for the Raiders and recorded seven tackles and no interceptions or pass defenses.

During his four-year college career at Connecticut, Melifonwu recorded 349 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 16 pass defenses, two fumble recoveries, and two forced fumble.

McClellan, 32, wound up signing on with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall back in 2010. He finished out his two-year contract with the team before signing a new three-year, $3.75 million contract in 2016.

McClellan was set to make a base salary of $1.25 million for the 2018 season when the Ravens released him coming out of the preseason and he’s been on and off of their roster ever since.

In 2018, McClellan appeared in six games for the Ravens and recorded three tackles.

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