Browns release veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn
Adrian Clayborn proved to be a valuable backup for the Browns last season, but his time with them ended Tuesday.
The Browns announced they released the veteran defensive end. The move saves the club $3 million in salary-cap space ahead of the official start of free agency at 4 p.m. March 17, according to the contract tracking website spotrac.com.
The Browns are in the market for a starter to pair with All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett.
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Clayborn, 32, joined the Browns on March 31, 2020, when he agreed to a two-year, $5.75 million deal.
In 2020, Clayborn appeared in 15 regular-season games with two starts, compiling 12 tackles, 3½ sacks, a pass defensed and a forced fumble. He also played in both Browns postseason games.
Clayborn entered the NFL in 2011 as a first-round draft pick (No. 20 overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won a Super Bowl with the 2018 New England Patriots.
Although the Browns terminated Clayborn's contract, they retained some depth at defensive end Friday when they tendered Porter Gustin as an exclusive rights free agent.
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