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Adrian Clayborn | Defensive Lineman

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 280
College: Iowa
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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. Mar 12 - 2:44 PM

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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.
Mar 11 - 10:37 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.
Mar 7 - 3:57 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.
Feb 23 - 4:48 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.
Jan 24 - 10:46 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

Bucs RE Adrian Clayborn (ACL surgery) was a full participant as the team opened training camp.

Whereas Darrelle Revis (knee), Carl Nicks (toe), and Davin Joseph (knee) were each slightly limited on day one, Clayborn took part in "all 24 of the morning drills" and is all systems go. "Adrian looks great," said coach Greg Schiano. "... I expect big things." Clayborn tore his right ACL last September, so he'll be nearly a full year removed when the 2013 season kicks off.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 01:56:00 PM

Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the team will keep RE Adrian Clayborn (knee) out of team drills at OTAs for "safety reasons."

Clayborn is "doing well" in his recovery from a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 3 last season, and he's expected to be ready to go for training camp and the season opener. After opting not to re-sign DE Michael Bennett, the Bucs are putting a lot of faith in injury risks Clayborn and LE Da'Quan Bowers.
Tue, May 21, 2013 11:46:00 AM

GM Mark Dominik expects RE Adrian Clayborn (knee) to be ready for Week 1.

Clayborn tore his ACL during a Week 3 loss to the Cowboys last season. His healthy return is imperative for a defense that ranked 29th in sacks last year and dead last in passing yards allowed -- and then let Michael Bennett walk in free agency. Clayborn showed significant pass-rushing ability as a rookie in 2011, posting 7.5 sacks and forcing three fumbles.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 09:13:00 AM

Bucs RE Adrian Clayborn is done for the season with a torn knee ligament.

The precise extent is unknown, but it's a good bet that Clayborn tore his ACL and perhaps more. For pass rushers who rely so much on explosion off the ball, it can take longer than a full year to recapture past form from significant knee surgery. The Bucs are going to need to look at defensive ends in the 2013 draft and free agency. Tampa Bay's pass rush also takes a major hit. Opponents should be able to double team Gerald McCoy inside more easily as the Bucs are now essentially devoid of difference-making outside-edge rushers.
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 04:57:00 PM

"Several players" in the Bucs' locker room Sunday suggested RE Adrian Clayborn's right knee injury will be season ending.

Clayborn left Cowboys Stadium with a brace extending from his thigh to his ankle, and "early indications" are his year is over. "We're going to have to wait and see until tomorrow," is all coach Greg Schiano would say. Clayborn's loss would be devastating to the Tampa Bay defense because he's the Bucs' only true threatening edge rusher. The Bucs play the Redskins in Week 4.
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 07:31:00 PM

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