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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
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Falcons declared RE Adrian Clayborn, RB Terron Ward, S Sharrod Neasman, CB Ayodeji Olatoye CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, C Trevior Robinson and OL Wes Schweitzer inactive for Week 13 against the Chiefs.
Clayborn will be up against it to return during the regular season. Dec 4 - 11:38 AM

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn's partially torn meniscus requires surgery, and he will be sidelined 3-5 weeks.

That could obviously be the rest of the regular season, though coach Dan Quinn insists he will return. By not placing Clayborn on injured reserve, the Falcons will be holding out hope for a playoff berth and on-schedule recovery. Leading the AFC South at 7-4, the Falcons are in a good spot, but Clayborn and Desmond Trufan's injuries are big blows.
Nov 29 - 3:46 PM

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn tore his MCL and partially tore his meniscus in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Cardinals.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, surgery is "likely," and Clayborn is expected to miss "at least" a month. Realistically, the Falcons should just be hoping Clayborn returns for the playoffs. Clayborn has been an impact inside-outside defender for Atlanta this year, shining as both a run stopper and pass rusher.
Nov 28 - 5:15 PM

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn suffered a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Clayborn was limited to 29-of-66 snaps. He underwent a Monday MRI, the results of which coach Dan Quinn did not disclose at his presser. Clayborn's 4.5 sacks are second on the Falcons to Vic Beasley's 9.5.
Nov 28 - 2:49 PM

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

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

NFL.com'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 Cowboys.com 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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

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