April 9, 2019 / 4:44 PM / 5 months ago

Falcons bring back veteran defensive end Clayborn

FILE PHOTO: Iowa defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn celebrates after his team defeated Georgia Tech during play in the FedEx Orange Bowl BCS NCAA football game in Miami, January 5, 2010. Clayborn was the game's most valuable player. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

The Atlanta Falcons have signed veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday.

Official terms were not disclosed, but multiple outlets reported that he could earn up to $4 million with incentives.

Clayborn, who played for the Falcons from 2015-17, appeared in 14 games for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season and tallied 2.5 sacks.

“I’m excited to be back and help this defense and team anyway I can,” he told NFL Network. “It’s familiar here and I know I fit into the defense well. At this point that’s what’s most important.”

Clayborn, 30, has registered 32.5 career sacks and 90 quarterback hits in 95 games (51 starts) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Falcons and Patriots.

On Nov. 12, 2017, the former first-round pick (20th overall in 2011) set a Falcons record with six sacks in a 27-7 victory against the Dallas Cowboys.

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