26-Year-Old Defensive End – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
With the free-agent signing of veteran RDE Michael Johnson from Cincinnati, Clayborn is expected to shift to the left side after being the starter at RDE the previous three seasons. Clayborn just hasn...
Adrian Clayborn Contract Information:
Signed with Tampa Bay in July of 2011 (four years, $8.2 million).
The Buccaneers placed Clayborn on injured reserve Friday with a biceps injury, Jenna Laine of Sports Talk Florida reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Clayborn starts at defensive end for the Buccaneers in their 4-3 defensive scheme.
Clayborn was going to see a high snap count in Tampa Bay either way, but the news of a likely season-ending Achilles' tendon tear for 2011 second-round pick Da'Quan Bowers means Clayborn will see even more of the field in 2012. The Iowa product and 2011 first-round pick was far from dominant but still promising as a rookie, finishing with 42 tackles (29 solo), 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He should benefit both from his own improvement and the availability of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (biceps), who missed 10 games last year.
The 20th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Clayborn is expected to plug into a starting role for Tampa Bay immediately this season. With Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and Roy Miller on the interior, Clayborn should get favorable matchups on the outside. The former Iowa star had a down year in 2010, but he has the explosiveness and the motor to be a great fit for the Tampa defense. As a rookie he comes with risk, of course, but his upside is tremendous.