Adrian Clayborn Reportedly Re-Signs with Atlanta Falcons

Joe PantornoFeatured Columnist

Atlanta Falcons' Adrian Clayborn (99)  before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. The Panthers won 38-0. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn has reportedly made a decision regarding where to play football next season.

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Clayborn Reportedly Re-Signs with Falcons 

Wednesday, March 9

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Clayborn agreed to a two-year deal worth a maximum of $14 million, with a base salary of $9 million. 

Clayborn Drew Interest from Multiple Teams

Monday, March 7

The New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins were "lurking" for the opportunity to sign the five-year veteran, according to Rapoport.  

Injury-Plagued Clayborn Still Has Potential 

Clayborn has had trouble staying on the field throughout his career. In 2012, he missed 13 games after tearing a ligament in his right knee, and in 2014, he missed 15 games due to a biceps injury.

He also has Erb's palsy, which caused nerve damage to his right shoulder and arm during birth, but it hasn't inhibited his play, according to's Vaughn McClure.

When he's able to stay on the field, Clayborn has been productive. In two full seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 and 2013, he recorded 13 sacks.

He was brought to Atlanta to improve the anemic pass defense following a 2014 season in which the Falcons ranked 31st in the league with 22 sacks. His arrival didn't help, though, as Atlanta ranked dead last in the NFL with 19 sacks. 

Regardless of the team's struggles, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told McClure that he wanted to retain Clayborn for the 2016 season and expressed his plans for him:

Now, for me, our continual push in terms of our pass rush, it's not going to be just one guy. It comes from a group when we're rushing at our best together. So, I kind of think Clayborn, although he has flexibility to go inside ... if he's back with us, I'll feature him probably more outside to in than inside to out. But, we'll see where it goes as we get closer to free agency. 


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