The defensive line got deeper and more experienced Tuesday, as Browns general manager Andrew Berry continued to add former first-round picks in free agency.
Veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn agreed to a two-year deal, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram.
The deal is reportedly worth $6 million with a chance to reach $7 million. It won’t be official until he passes a physical.
Clayborn, 31, was the No. 20 pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Iowa. He’s spent four years with Tampa Bay, four years with Atlanta and one with New England.
He returned to the Falcons last season, starting one of 15 games with four sacks, seven quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and 18 tackles.
Clayborn (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) is expected to join a rotation at end with Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon and Chad Thomas. The signing isn’t expected to affect Vernon, who’s due a $15 million salary in 2020 and could be cut if the Browns find a replacement for the starting lineup.
“Excited to join the dawg pound!!” Clayborn tweeted. “Nothing but hard work on the way!”
Excited to join the dawg pound!! Nothing but hard work on the way! https://t.co/fw0wBenP7x
— Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) April 1, 2020
After reaching deals with right tackle Jack Conklin, tight end Austin Hooper and backup quarterback Case Keenum on the first day of free agency March 16, Berry has turned his focus to the defense. He agreed to one-year deals with safeties Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo, cornerback Kevin Johnson, linebacker B.J. Goodson and defensive tackle Andrew Billings before landing Clayborn.
Joseph was the No. 14 pick in 2016 and Johnson 16th in 2015.
Clayborn has started 52 of 110 games with 36.5 sacks, 97 quarterback hits, 10 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two touchdowns, 196 tackles and 52 tackles for loss.
He won a Super Bowl with the Patriots after the 2018 season.