2013 NFL Draft: Team needs
Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft, identifying biggest needs, potential fits and more. **More ...**
Packers general manager Ted Thompson has never been much of a buyer in free agency, but he may have found a way to shrewdly pilfer a scheme fit for his 3-4 defense. Even after locking up linebacker Clay Matthews with a five-year, $66 million contract extension, the Packers have plenty of room under the salary cap while the Steelers have just $700,000 available.
Although McLendon has been a rotational player to date, there has been sentiment within the Steelers that he would succeed Casey Hampton as the starting nose tackle this season.
UPDATE: McLendon signed a three-year contract worth as much as $7.5 million, a team source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Thursday.