Defensive tackle Terrell McClain has a new home after taking a free-agent tour with the Cowboys, 49ers and Dolphins.

The Falcons on Friday signed McClain to a contract, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

On his career, McClain has appeared in 74 games (29 starts) and totaled 110 tackles (75 solo), 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Whether intended, unintended or both, depending on the expediency of the moment, “Cablinasian” represented the ultimate consequence of greenwashing, of decades of selling the idea that identifying with the black identity was the worst thing a person could do. What an irony it was that after the learned behavior of avoiding pride in being African-American, the one time America wanted finally someone to be black, when the corporations actually encouraged it and were hungry to profit from it instead of running for fear of offending the white mainstream, Tiger Woods did not cooperate.

I’m always kicking stuff around, he said.

After slogging his way through the Jaguars’ wild card win over the Bills, he came alive during a win over the Steelers and a loss to the Patriots, throwing for 507 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars, who will enter the 2018 season with Super Bowl dreams due to their dominant defense, have to be hoping that those two games were a sign of things to come rather than a random aberration. Maybe Wednesday night, when Bortles sidestepped disaster before quickly putting the ball in the hands of those who are there to help him, is yet another example of his progress.

The players did not simply find themselves in solidarity with the marchers in the streets but also questioning their place in a sports industry that was selling an image of police that did not often square with their reality. The competing images of black people being killed on dash cam footage and the dozens of law enforcement appreciation nights across the sports calendar forced the players to confront the biggest fractures in their industry: the enormous gap between the business machinery of the game — the white owners, white coaches, white season-ticket base and white media — and them, the majority-black workforces that played the games.
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