Atlanta Falcons announced that they have resigned the defensive lineman to a deal that could be worth up to four million if he is able to hit all his incentives.
Adrian Clayborn is a curious case – on one hand he is a great teammate, hard worker and will help the development of the young guys on the Atlanta Falcons roster. On the other hand, he quite frankly has not been that productive as he has gotten up there in age.
Clayborn has played in 21 NFL games since he had his six-sack performance versus the Dallas Cowboys in 2017. During those 21 games, he has just one start and four combined sacks. Four million is a lot to spend on a 31 year old that has not been productive in a few years.
The best aspect of the Atlanta Falcons bringing Adrian Clayborn back for a year, is the depth that he is going to provide the Falcons in area of need. Additionally, when you add this signing into what Arthur Blank has recently said about this year’s draft and the team not being done adding to the offensive line, one can only wonder if they are in fact targeting a guy like Florida’s Jawaan Taylor with their first overall pick.
In recent weeks, the Falcons have hosted defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman and Tyeler Davison, so signing a guy that they are familiar with and liked is not a shocker. For Clayborn, he can end his career in a place he enjoys and with teammates that he knows now that he helped bring another Super Bowl ring to Tom Brady and Patriots.