|Born:||August 18, 1989|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||309 lb (140 kg)|
|High school:||Williamson (Mobile, Alabama)|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 201|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Matthew McCants (born August 18, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle who is a free agent. He played college football for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, starting 42 games at left tackle.
High school career
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.
New York Giants
McCants was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round, 201st overall, in the 2012 NFL Draft. 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.
McCants was released by the Raiders on November 26, 2016.
McCants was claimed off waivers by the Bears on December 12, 2016.
Cleveland Browns (second stint)
On March 27, 2017, McCants re-signed with the Cleveland Browns. On August 23, 2017, McCants was placed on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury in the team's second preseason game. He was released on October 10, 2017.
Chicago Bears (second stint)
St. Louis BattleHawks
McCants was drafted in the first round, 3rd overall by the St. Louis BattleHawks of the 2020 XFL Draft in October 2019. He had his contract terminated when the league suspended operations on April 10, 2020.
- UAB offensive tackle Matt McCants taken by Giants in the sixth round
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- "Raiders Announce Transactions". Raiders.com. November 26, 2016. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017.
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- "Browns sign OL Matt McCants". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 27, 2017.
- "Browns place LB Tank Carder, OL Matt McCants on IR; waive DB Justin Currie". ClevelandBrowns.com. August 23, 2017.
- "Browns release OL Matt McCants". ClevelandBrowns.com. October 10, 2017.
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- Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster". ChicagoBears.com.
- Michael Rothstein, Seth Wickersham (June 13, 2019). "Inside the short, unhappy life of the Alliance of American Football". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
- Bender, Bill (October 21, 2019). "XFL Draft picks 2019: Complete results, rosters, players for new football league". Sporting News. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
- Condotta, Bob (April 10, 2020). "XFL suspends operations, terminates all employees, but Jim Zorn says he has hopes league will continue". SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved July 17, 2020.