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Following release by Patriots, ex-Boise State star McClellin’s NFL future in limbo

New England Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin during a NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Sept. 18, 2016.
New England Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin during a NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Sept. 18, 2016. AP

Former Boise State standout Shea McClellin is a free agent again, but it is uncertain whether the linebacker will join a new team.

The New England Patriots released the six-year veteran Monday with a failed physical designation. McClellin did not play last season, sidelined by two concussions. He does not know whether he will continue to play, saying in a text message to the Idaho Statesman, “medically, I just don’t know if I’ll ever be able to again.”

A first-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2012 (19th overall), the Marsing High graduate spent the last two seasons with New England, winning Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons. He has played in 66 NFL games, making 202 tackles and recording 8.5 sacks.

According to ESPN, the Patriots will save about $2.3 million of salary cap space by releasing McClellin, who was entering the last year of a three-year contract. McClellin tweeted a thank you to the team Monday for the “opportunity to play for the best organization in the NFL.”

Speaking to the Idaho Statesman before the Patriots faced the Eagles in the Super Bowl in January, McClellin said that he was not certain of his future, that “it can go in a lot of different ways.”

BSU Hall of Fame

Boise State will put a “limited number of tickets” for the 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Tickets will be available at BroncoSports.com/tickets and are $100 apiece. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. April 13 on the Stueckle Sky Center’s fourth floor. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

The class, Boise State’s first since 2007, features Graham DeLaet (men’s golf), Abigail Ferguson (women’s track & field), Eleni Kafourou (women’s track & field), Kellen Moore (football), Nate Potter (football), Paul J Schneider (broadcasting) and Gabe Wallin (men’s track & field).

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