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Fowler: Browns Interested in Signing DE Adrian Clayborn

Former Bucs first round pick Adrian Clayborn is reportedly "on the Browns' free-agency radar."

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Add another name to the list of potential targets for the Browns as free agency nears.

According to's Jeremy Fowler, the Browns are intrigued by former Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who is set to become a free agent on March 10.

The former 2011 first round pick has been labeled a "disappointment" by the Tampa Bay media. Clayborn missed 28 games in his first four seasons in the league, including all but one game in 2014 due to a biceps injury.

Touted as a dynamic pass-rusher leading up the 2011 NFL Draft, Clayborn has not lived up to the hype even while on the field. In 36 games, Clayborn has recorded just 13 sacks.

However, Clayborn has thrived as a run stopper, as pointed out by a Tampa Bay Tribune article published in December 2013. Following a slew of injuries at defensive line last season, the Browns could use some depth at the position. Especially considering the team's weakness against the run in 2014, the Browns could use some help at defensive line.

In two healthy seasons in 2011 and 2013, Clayborn notched 74 tackles and five forced fumbles.

The lone concern is that Clayborn played in a 4-3 scheme in Tampa Bay, while the Browns utilize a 3-4 base defense. However, standing at 6'3, 280 pounds, Clayborn has the size to play defensive end in Cleveland's 3-4 system.

Other teams that might be interested in Clayborn include the Falcons (according to BucsBlitz) and the Cowboys (according to Blogging the Boys).