Falcons Eyeing Adrian Clayborn?

Most of the focus has been on what players the Buccaneers might go after in free agency. Little has been made of what players the Bucs might lose this off-season. One player in particular might be staying in the NFC South.

Most of the focus has been on what players the Buccaneers might go after in free agency. Little has been made of what players the Bucs might lose this off-season. One player in particular might be staying in the NFC South.

According to ESPN, current Bucs DE and free agent Adrian Clayborn could be a target of the pass rush-needy Atlanta Falcons.

"Adding just one capable pass-rusher won't be enough for the Falcons. They need to stockpile as many as possible. Two names worth monitoring on the free-agent market are Adrian Clayborn from Tampa Bay and O'Brien Schofield from Seattle.

Clayborn, 26, was drafted in the first round by new Falcons assistant head coach Raheem Morris when Morris was the head coach of the Buccaneers. Clayborn also had Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox as his position coach in Tampa."

The ties to the Bucs and Clayborn make a lot of sense. Raheem Morris and Bryan Cox have first-hand knowledge of the toughness Clayborn can bring.

Clayborn has missed 28 games during his first 4 years in the NFL. He has suffered season-ending injuries in 2012 and 2014. During his two healthy seasons, Clayborn has totaled 13 sacks, but brings a physical nature to a defense with his play.

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