Some Patriot fans have been reeling with the losses in free agency of key players and fan favorites to the business side of the NFL. There is a salary cap and the Patriots only have so much cap space to work with and are beginning to fill in their needs as the free agency period is in full swing.
Immediately following the news of a trade for DB Jason McCourty to reunite the McCourty twins in New England, sources have confirmed the Patriots are hosting a meeting with free agent DE Adrian Clayborn.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Clayborn turns 30 on July 6. Played for Buccaneers (2011-2014) and Falcons (2015-2017). 30 career sacks playing DE in 4-3 schemes. Entered NFL as first-round pick in 2011 (No. 20 overall). https://t.co/CJX2aHrLxH
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 15, 2018
The Patriots are in desperate need of a pass rush next season and may be their biggest off-season priority. Clayborn became a free agent this offseason after he had a career year with Atlanta tallying 9.5 sacks (however 6 were in one epic game against Dallas) but registered 54 pressures which the Patriots really lacked last season.
Clayborn also showed durability last season as he played in all 18 of the Atlanta Falcons games and along with newly acquired Danny Shelton may be a nice boast to the defensive line.