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Falcons bring back DE/DT Adrian Clayborn through 2017

The versatile veteran will return to be a part of Atlanta's defensive line rotation.

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The Atlanta Falcons did not have many free agents worth keeping. The top player was undoubtedly Adrian Clayborn, who played snaps at both defensive tackle and defensive end. Multiple other teams were reportedly interested in Clayborn, making it appear unlikely he would return to Atlanta.

Late in the first day of free agency, the Falcons finally worked out a deal for his return.

Not a bad deal. Clayborn is not a flashy player, but provided nice pressure from the defensive tackle position. He finished the season taking snaps at end, and is probably a better fit for that role book-ending Vic Beasley. It appears that he has plenty of room for incentives, and if he can remain healthy again, should provide a nice impact in the next two seasons.