The Cleveland Browns added a veteran presence to their pass rush Tuesday.
ESPN's Field Yates noted defensive end Adrian Clayborn's agent, Blake Baratz, said the University of Iowa product signed a two-year deal with Cleveland. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the contract is worth $6 million and can go to $7 million with incentives.
Clayborn wasted little time making an impact with 7.5 sacks in his rookie season, although durability was a concern early in his career. He played just three games in his second campaign and one game in 2014 with a torn ACL and torn biceps, respectively.
He has at least three sacks in six of his seven healthy seasons, including in 2017 when he tallied a career-best 9.5 for the Falcons. He then joined the Patriots and won a Super Bowl during his only season in New England.
That didn't stop the Patriots from releasing him after a single campaign, and the Falcons brought him back in 2019 on a one-year deal.
He responded with 18 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles.
Cleveland needs to bolster its pass rush after finishing a mere 20th in the league in total sacks with 38 last season. Clayborn gives it a veteran rotation option who can help make strides in that category.
He isn't far removed from his impressive 2017 campaign and is a postseason-tested player for a team seeking its first playoff berth since the 2002 season.