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Patriots release DE Adrian Clayborn

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Thus far the Patriots haven’t spent a ton of money in free agency, but they may now be in a better position to do so moving forward.

Veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn tweeted on Friday that he was released by New England, which will add roughly $3.5 million in cap space for the team.

The 30-year-old Clayborn didn’t turn in the type of season the Patriots were likely hoping for when they signed the veteran to a two-year deal last spring. He finished with just 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 14 games. He was a healthy scratch in the final two weeks of the regular season.

Clayborn was set for a cap charge of $5.9 million in 2019, which was too high considering his limited role and production last season. The Patriots will likely look to add to a depth chart of edge players that includes Derek Rivers, Keionta Davis and Trent Harris.

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