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Matthew McCants (born August 18, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, starting 42 games at left tackle.[1]

Matt McCants
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1989-08-18) August 18, 1989 (age 29)
Mobile, Alabama
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Williamson (Mobile, Alabama)
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 201
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Games played:30
Games started:3
Player stats at


High school careerEdit

McCants attended Williamson High School and received honorable mention on the Mobile Press-Register All-Region team as a senior. He helped Williamson High School advance to the class 5A state playoffs. He started one season under head coach Bobby Parrish and only played football his senior year. He played tuba in the high school band before joining the football team prior to his senior year.

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

McCants was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round, 201st overall, in the 2012 NFL Draft.[2] However, on August 31, 2012, before the beginning of the 2012 NFL season McCants was cut in final roster cuts and was signed to the practice squad, where he spent his entire rookie season.[3]

Before the start of the 2013 NFL season, on August 31, 2013, the New York Giants cut McCants in final roster cuts to get to the regular season roster limit of 53 players.[4]

Oakland RaidersEdit

On September 2, 2013, McCants was signed to the Oakland Raiders' practice squad.[5] On September 7, 2013, he was promoted to the active roster.[6]

McCants was released by the Raiders on November 26, 2016.[7]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

McCants was claimed off waivers by the Browns on November 28, 2016.[8] McCants was waived by the Browns on December 9, 2016.[9]

Chicago BearsEdit

McCants was claimed off waivers by the Bears on December 12, 2016.[10]

Cleveland Browns (second stint)Edit

On March 27, 2017, McCants re-signed with the Cleveland Browns.[11] On August 23, 2017, McCants was placed on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury in the team's second preseason game.[12] He was released on October 10, 2017.[13]

Chicago Bears (second stint)Edit

On May 14, 2018, McCants signed with the Chicago Bears.[14] He was released on September 1, 2018.[15]

Birmingham IronEdit

McCants signed with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) on March 12, 2019, and remained with the team until the AAF suspended operations in May of that same year.


  1. ^ UAB offensive tackle Matt McCants taken by Giants in the sixth round
  2. ^ "Giants draft OT Matt McCants in sixth round". April 28, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Valentine, Ed (August 31, 2012). "New York Giants Announce 53-Man Roster". Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Giants Announce 53-Man Roster, Cut Quarterback David Carr". August 31, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Raiders Announce Practice Squad Additions". September 2, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Gutierrez, Paul (September 7, 2013). "Raiders add McCants from practice squad". Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "Raiders Announce Transactions". November 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "Browns claim OL Matt McCants; place OL John Greco on IR". November 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "Browns activate QB Robert Griffin III". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  10. ^ Mayer, Larry (December 12, 2016). "Bears add McCants, put Adams on IR".
  11. ^ "Browns sign OL Matt McCants". March 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "Browns place LB Tank Carder, OL Matt McCants on IR; waive DB Justin Currie". August 23, 2017.
  13. ^ "Browns release OL Matt McCants". October 10, 2017.
  14. ^ Mayer, Larry (May 14, 2018). "Roster Moves: Bears ink five tryout players to contracts".
  15. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster".

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