CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Pernell McPhee #92 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after sacking Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on October 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panthers 17-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

After Shelby signing, Falcons still in hunt for McPhee 

The signing of defensive end Derrick Shelby to a one-year, $3.25 million deal by the Falcons did not eliminate them from signing free-agent linebacker Pernell McPhee. 

McPhee visited Wednesday with the Falcons. 

The Falcons currently have three linebackers on the roster in Deion Jones, DeVondre Campbell and Duke Riley. They moved Vic Beasley back to defensive end and did not re-sign LaRoy Reynolds and Sean Weatherspoon. 

McPhee, 29, played outside linebacker for the Bears the past three seasons. In 36 games, he had 14 sacks and 75 tackles. He was limited to nine games two seasons ago. He also played four seasons with the Ravens. The seven-year veteran has appeared in 96 games and recorded 31 sacks and 139 tackles. 

McPhee, 6-foot-2, 275 pounds, was released by the Bears in February after signing a five-year contract in 2015. He also was reported to have visited the Redskins.

McPhee was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Ravens out of Mississippi State.

Special-teams maven Justin Bethel, who also visited the Falcons this week, is still in the process of making a decision. 

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