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Entering his eighth season in the league, veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn may finally play in a division other than the NFC South.
The 29-year-old is coming off a career year highlighted by a game for the ages. In Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys, Clayborn recorded a franchise-record six sacks along with a pair of forced fumbles. That unbelievable performance earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Overall in 2017, he had 21 combined tackles, 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His record-setting game against Dallas made up the majority of those numbers, but that game alone shows what a force the 6’3″, 280-pound lineman can be.
New England finished tied for seventh with 42 sacks and brought down Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota eight times in the divisional round. However, the Patriots’ inability to get to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles certainly played a role in their Super Bowl LII loss.
Adding Clayborn would give Bill Belichick an experienced edge-rusher to work into the mix.