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Falcons free agency rumors: Adrian Clayborn a potential free agent target?

The 26-year-old pass rusher could be a nice fit for a team trying to build

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The Falcons are being linked to one pass rusher right now, and someone they're quite familiar with from the NFC South, to boot.

Let's take a closer look at Clayborn.

Why this makes sense

When Clayborn has been healthy, he's been a capable pass rusher for the Buccaneers. In 2011 and 2013, when he appeared in all 16 games, he put up a combined 13 sacks. He's a powerful defensive end who isn't a truly great option for getting after the quarterback, but he has been productive when given the opportunity.

Given that he just missed 15 games with a torn biceps tendon in 2014, the price is going to be right for Clayborn, and at 26 years old, his best days could still be ahead of him.

Why this doesn't make sense

Injury. Clayborn has suffered a pair of major ailments in two of his four years in the NFL, and he's coming off a torn biceps. That injury doesn't necessarily have a lasting impact, but it's something to strongly consider.

There's also the small matter that Clayborn is not great at any one thing, but that's really more of a problem if you're paying big money. The Falcons shouldn't be.



Clayborn's low cost, potential as a pass rusher and youth make him an attractive target for the Falcons. The question is how much the Falcons like him and whether they'll be outbid for his services. Call this one a coin flip, but one I'd like to see happen.