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DE Clayborn returns to Falcons after 1 season with Patriots

New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Mass. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Defensive end Adrian Clayborn is returning to the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year contract following one season with the New England Patriots.

The 30-year-old Clayborn played for the Falcons from 2015-17 and is best known for setting a team record with six sacks against the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.

Clayborn had 11 tackles and 3+ sacks in the regular season and postseason for the Super Bowl champion Patriots last season. He had 13 sacks in his three seasons with the Falcons.

Clayborn was a first-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2011 draft. He had 13 sacks in four seasons with the Buccaneers.

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Updated April 9, 2019

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