According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the Patriots are among the teams interested in signing free agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
DE Adrian Clayborn generating interest as one of the best pass rushers available. Patriots, Colts, Bucs, Browns — and Falcons — appear to be all in the mix, according to source. Clayborn led the Falcons with 9.5 sacks last season. https://t.co/Q6TfIu3Rwz
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 14, 2018
The 20th pick of the 2011 draft, the now 29-year-old played four seasons for the Bucs before spending the last three seasons with the Falcons. His 9.5 sacks were a career high; prior to that he had not yet repeated his mark of 7.5 from his rookie year.
Clayborn has seen two of his seven NFL seasons significantly shortened by injury; he was limited to just three games in 2012 by a knee injury and played in only one game in 2014.