​The ​New England Patriots will have a revamped pass-rushing unit next season. Days after former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia lured DE Trey Flowers to Detroit, New England released DE Adrian Clayborn after only one season with the team. 


Clayborn was supposed to be a big free agent signing last year, but finished with a disappointing 2018. The former Falcon only recorded 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a Patriot. His release will increase the Patriots cap space by $4 million. 



Despite having such an unproductive season, don't feel bad for Clayborn. He capped off his tenure in New England with a Super Bowl championship, so things could be a lot worse. It's not often you get to go to a new franchise, do absolutely nothing for them, and still walk away with a ring.

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Clayborn thanked the Patriots organization on twitter this morning after the news broke. 


In terms of what's next for the Patriots defensive line, the team signed former Eagles pass-rusher ​Michael Bennett in free agency this week. The veteran still has a lot left in the tank, but I would expect another DE signing to give New England more depth at the position.