Another 5 free agents that should be on the New Orleans Saints radar

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Nov 1, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is hit by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) but prevents the tackle from Clayborn in the first quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is hit by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) but prevents the tackle from Clayborn in the first quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

Adrian Clayborn

If there was ever a player who could prove to be a huge risk/reward to help bolster the defensive line of the New Orleans Saints, it would be Adrian Clayborn. After dealing with a torn bicep tendon that effectively ended his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, Clayborn became a player that several teams were interested in approaching free agency. Clayborn ultimately chose the NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons on a 1-year, $4.5 million deal.

Clayborn was able to play in all 16 games for the Falcons, participating in 536 snaps for Dan Quinn’s defense. He’d turn in three sacks and a fumble recovery to go with his 15 total tackles. While that may not seem like it’s the flashiest of stats, where Clayborn did excel was getting after the quarterback. Clayborn led the Falcons defense with 15 total quarterback hits, and was second on the team behind rookie Vic Beasley with 26 quarterback hurries.

He may not be the Vernon Olivier or Von Miller type pass rusher that the fans so desperately desire, but Clayborn would be a tremendous upgrade for the Saints.

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