Browns Add Adrian Clayborn to Defensive Line

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The Browns have added veteran defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn on a two-year six million dollar deal. According to Tom Pelissero it can be worth up to seven million with incentives. The 31 year old provides a strong rotational piece to continue adding depth to the defensive line. Andrew Berry continues to add depth on short deals.

Adrian Clayborn, Defensive Line

Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Clayborn brings a wealth of experience to the defensive line room as a mostly career back up. He has played for Buccaneers, Falcons, and Patriots. He spent last year back with the Falcon after a year in New England. Clayborn can play all over the line at 6’3′ 280 pounds. Last year for the falcons he put up 18 tackles, four for loss, four sacks, and two forced fumbles in 439 snaps. He had his best season with 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He went for starter at the beginning of his career to a strong rotational lineman that plays within 400-500 snaps. Perfect fit to spell anyone on the line.

Pro Football Focus

PFF graded Clayborn at a 71.7 overall in 2019. PFF also had some other nice things to say about Clayborn:

He only had four sacks on the season, but very few edge rushers won a higher rate of their pass-rushing snaps. The top-five edge defenders with 200 or more pass-rushing snaps in pass-rush win rate were J.J. Watt (25.3%), Myles Garrett (25.0%), Joey Bosa (22.9%), Za’Darius Smith (21.2%) and Clayborn (21.1%).

This does not mean that Clyborn will all the sudden start and rack up 15 sacks but confirms how effective he is as a reserve pass rushing option. Combine this with Billings and the defensive line has been given some strong reenforcements for 2020. Andrew Berry continues to win this offseason but the test will come when this team gets on the field.


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