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Adrian Clayborn | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 280
College: Iowa
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (20) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said DL Adrian Clayborn will play primarily at defensive end this season.
Clayborn found success as an interior rusher last year, but the Falcons want to "feature" him outside moving forward. "He’s played a bunch of end for us, and he’s played a little bit of tackle for us as well," Quinn said. "I’m putting him back out on the defensive end to let him do his thing." The Falcons are desperate for a pass rush after recording a league-worst 19 sacks last season. Clayborn has 16 sacks in 52 career games, but he did manage 7.5 playing exclusively at defensive end as a rookie in 2011. Mar 24 - 9:45 AM

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Falcons re-signed DL Adrian Clayborn to a two-year, $9 million contract.

He can earn up to $14 million with incentives. Clayborn chose to stay in Atlanta amid interest from the Cowboys and Giants. He was an above-average interior pass rusher last year, earning PFF's No. 37 grade among defensive tackles. Clayborn also played all 16 games after missing most of 2014 with a torn biceps.
Mar 9 - 9:49 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Giants, Jaguars, Cowboys and Dolphins are all "lurking" on free agent DL Adrian Clayborn.

Clayborn has already been connected to the Giants and Cowboys. Clayborn missed nearly all of 2014 with a torn biceps, but rehabbed his value last season by generating consistent pressure on 536 snaps, primarily along the interior.
Mar 7 - 3:40 PM

The Giants are expected to pursue free agent DL Adrian Clayborn.

They're expected to have competition from division-rival Dallas. Injury plagued early in his career, Clayborn got things back on track as one of Atlanta's best defensive players last season. He'll enter his age-28 campaign in 2016.
Mar 6 - 6:28 PM

Bryan Broaddus of expects the team to pursue free agent DL Adrian Clayborn.

A defensive end for most of his football-playing career, Clayborn rehabbed his stock on a one-year, "prove-it" deal with Atlanta last season, flourishing mostly as an interior rusher in sub-packages. He played 50.4 percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps, finishing with three sacks and 15 quarterback hits.
Mar 3 - 2:25 PM

Falcons agreed to terms with DE Adrian Clayborn, formerly of the Bucs, on a one-year deal worth up to $4.5 million.

Clayborn was limited to just one game by a torn biceps last season, but notched 5.5 sacks in 955 snaps the year before. Injuries limited him to 36 of a possible 64 games in Tampa. Clayborn is by no means a dominating presence, but was one of the best edge rushers remaining. Few teams are less stocked at pass rusher than Atlanta.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 02:44:00 PM

Free agent DE Adrian Clayborn will visit the Falcons on Wednesday.

The Falcons are finally trying to address their immense need for pass rushers. In addition to Clayborn, the team is interested in free agents Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo. Injury-plagued Clayborn should come cheap.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 10:37:00 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler hears the Cowboys, Falcons, Seahawks, Vikings, and Giants have all shown preliminary interest in free agent DE Adrian Clayborn.

Clayborn missed almost all of 2014 with a torn biceps tendon, but doesn't turn 27 until July and could at very least help a team as a rotational end. A medical concern, Clayborn also missed most of 2012 with an ACL tear.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 03:57:00 PM

The Browns have discussed adding free agent DE Adrian Clayborn.

Clayborn's name came up at the Combine last week. A torn biceps cost him most of last season, which actually could work in Cleveland's favor if Clayborn's asking price falls. ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler sees him as a fit at left end opposite Desmond Bryant in Cleveland's 3-4 defense.
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 04:48:00 PM

Impending free-agent DE Adrian Clayborn is not expected to re-sign with the Buccaneers.

A 2011 first-round pick, Clayborn appeared in only 36 games across four years with the Bucs. He missed all but three games in 2012 with a torn ACL, and was placed on injured reserve with a torn bicep one game into 2014. Clayborn's play has been short of spectacular when healthy, and the injury concerns add another layer of doubt to his free-agency case. Clayborn will likely have to settle for short-term offers with little guaranteed money.
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 10:46:00 AM

Bucs placed LE Adrian Clayborn on injured reserve with a torn biceps, ending his season.

It's a big loss. The Bucs already had questionable pass-rush depth up front. Although Clayborn isn't a fearsome edge player, he was still a good bet for 6-8 sacks opposite RE Michael Johnson. In the final year of his rookie deal, and the Bucs deciding not to pick up his 2015 option, Clayborn will head to free agency next March having missed 28 of a possible 64 games since being the 20th overall pick in 2011. The Bucs will turn to William Gholston at left end.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:13:00 AM

ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas is forecasting a breakout season for fourth-year LE Adrian Clayborn.

Moving from right to left end to make room for high-priced Michael Johnson, Clayborn should see action at both positions this year, and play about 90 percent of Tampa's defensive snaps. "Last year, he had 19.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three of them were on the left side," noted new DL coach Joe Cullen. "... He’s going to play both sides." Clayborn, 26 in July, is in his contract year.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 10:54:00 PM

The Bucs have decided against exercising DE Adrian Clayborn's fifth-year option for 2015.

It means Clayborn is entering a contract year in 2014. The fifth-year club option would've set up Clayborn for a non-guaranteed $6.969 million in 2015, but he was not drafted by the Buccaneers' current front office, and is a questionable scheme fit for Leslie Frazier's new Tampa 2. Clayborn registered 7.5 sacks in a promising 2011 rookie year, but has just 5.5 across 19 games since.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 12:36:00 PM reports the Buccaneers are "doubtful" to exercise DE Adrian Clayborn's fifth-year club option.

A source also told PFT the Bucs have "no intention of trading" Clayborn as he enters his contract year. With Michael Johnson signed to play right defensive end, Clayborn is moving to the left side this season in Leslie Frazier's Tampa-2 style defense. Not exercising the option doesn't mean Clayborn will definitely leave the Bucs after this season, but it does greatly increase the chances.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 02:10:00 PM

The Buccaneers are moving Adrian Clayborn to left defensive end.

Michael Johnson is Tampa Bay's new right defensive end. Clayborn has been a weak-side rusher to this point in his NFL career, but he has a pretty natural body type for left end at 6-foot-3, 281. The 2011 first-round pick notched 64 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles at right end last year. Clayborn could see more tackle chances on the strong side, increasing his IDP consistency.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 07:51:00 AM

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