With the Cleveland Browns being overall quiet as of recent in free agency, they addressed defense once again and signed former Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn
The Cleveland Browns made a splash on a veteran Tuesday afternoon, signing veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a two-year deal worth $6 million, with a chance for $7 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Being in the league since 2011, Clayborn is a signing for the Browns that will be sure to add veteran depth to the roster and bulk up the defense. Since 2015, Clayborn has appeared in at least 13 or more games in every season. Last year, Clayborn managed 18 combined tackles to go along with four sacks.
All of the rumors that were tied to the Browns and the next signing on defense were around Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffen. As this signing comes as a surprise to many, it is a good signing for the Browns. Adding veteran leadership in a locker room full of young guys is a very strong strategy.
Clayborn’s best year as a pro came in 2017, where he had 21 combined tackles and a whopping 9.5 sacks. Clayborn also had 17 hits on the quarterback in 2017, something to keep an eye on when he takes the field in brown and orange. Look for Clayborn to be a rotational player that will have a very solid impact when he is on the field.
The Browns are making one thing clear: They are not messing around when it comes to free agency. Addressing holes that need to be addressed while adding veteran pieces is another huge step in the right direction to give Browns fans hope that they are still trending upward.