Adrian Clayborn Heads To Atlanta

March 11th, 2015

raheemsmileRaheem Morris, the guy who led the Bucs to a 10-win, 2010 season on a shoestring payroll while 10 rookies made starts, is now the assistant head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

And Raheem, it seems, has put in a good word for his Boy-Dog.

Yes, the formerly wacky Raheem nicknamed defensive end Adrian Clayborn, the Bucs’ 2011 first round pick, “Boy-Dog,” because Raheem believed Clayborn played with such intensity and anger that he was half man half canine.

Clayborn, per BSPN, is on a free agent visit with the Falcons today.

Lovie Smith raved about Clayborn’s work ethic and intensity last summer, but Clayborn blew out his bicep on opening day and the Bucs put him on injured reserve and let him walk yesterday in free agency.

Clayborn was cleared to resume football activities in December, but the Bucs waved goodbye.

Frankly, the Clayborn situation has left Joe slightly puzzled. There is a lot of respect for Clayborn in the Buccaneers locker room, and he’s not yet 27 years old. The Bucs likely could have kept Clayborn on the cheap to compete.

Joe wishes Clayborn well, and Joe suspects he’ll have a job quickly.

43 Responses to “Adrian Clayborn Heads To Atlanta”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    Not a good sign when the first thing that Clayborn wanted to see was the rehab/training room for when you go on IR!!!

  2. BucFanaticInAZ Says:

    Wish we could have kept Clay on the cheap, like you said. I will always think fondly to when he sacked-fumbled Brees so hard in 2013 that an unnecessary roughness flag was thrown. Wish we could have seen what he could have done this year. Best of luck, other than the two times he’ll play us, of course.

  3. 87ForJameisNOMariota Says:

    Are you rejoicing Realist?

  4. robert 9 Says:

    guy could never get around the corner, but was good against the run. would have been nice depth to keep!

    gonna be like bennett when he gets to ATL.

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    Raheem “Happy Hour Morris… The last coach to win double digit games. Hell, the last coach to have a winning record. Make fun all you want but I’d gladly trade Happy Hour for Choir Boy at least Raheem would not be stubborn enough to continue to make the same mistakes over and over.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Yet….another #1 Dominick draft pick….GONE!!!

  7. ElioT Says:

    Another first round pick wasted!!!!!


    Go Sucs!

  8. DallasBuc Says:

    Clayborn is way better football player and much cheaper than Johnson. Thanks Lovie, the worst HC in Buccaneer history

  9. ander Says:

    Say all you want about clayborn. But at least he hustle his butt off every play unlike premadonna Michael Johnson.

  10. bucrightoff Says:

    Barring a big turnaround this year, Raheem still has the best single season Bucs record since 2005. Who knew how good we had it under him?

  11. Connor Says:

    Ghostly Michael Johnson will stay because of his contract. What a waste of a roster spot.

  12. Destinjohnny Says:

    lets give him a 4 year 9 million dollar deal >

  13. The Buc Realist Says:

    I am not rejoicing, I am sad that Lovie walked thru the door last year, correctly watched the film and demoted AC to the other side off the line. But then just handed him the starting spot. what a waste of time. I will miss sparing with other delusion AC fans though!!!

    one such classic!!

  14. David Says:

    Funny how we don’t value our players but most go to division rivals on value afterwards. Hmmm…trying to believe in this whole regime but from blowing up the o-line last year to not getting upgrades so far this year I’m losing confidence.

  15. nate Says:

    Good riddance and cut michael johnson please!

  16. bucs4lyfe Says:

    better than any pass rusher on the roster the only reason I can think that he would be resigned is an issue with run stopping ability or setting the edge or something….it can’t be a good sign when a team desperate for pass rushers lets you walk in free agency

  17. brandonbucfan Says:

    I agree with keeping Claiborn around, at least until we have someone to replace him. I think L&L overthought what would happen in FA. I realize we are only in day two but so far the people we have visiting I don’t really think will scare anyone. This is just one other semi-starter we will have to replace and it looks as though we will have to (again) spend the majority of the draft on offense.

  18. DallasBuc Says:

    Typical MO for incompetent Lovie and lapdog…let a player go before finding a better player to replace him with. See it with Mason Foster and every single personnel change last year. But hey, we are a 2-14 football team, right Lovie?
    This ship is breaking apart.

  19. Tiny Tim Says:

    ander Says:
    March 11th, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Say all you want about clayborn. But at least he hustle his butt off every play unlike premadonna Michael Johnson.


    Why is it that when a player is not good, fans must attack said player and call them names that doesn’t fit. Johnson played multiple games while hurt. I am not sure you can call him a pre-madonna. I questioned the signing last year because I didn’t feel he worth the money, but it is really unfair to call him names that are unwarranted. IMO

  20. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Tiny Tim

    Agree with your opinion about the way we express our opinions here about players who haven’t succeeded. Johnson had a horrible year. Perhaps some of it was due to his injuries. We’ll find out. But like you I do not feel he ever behaved poorly and was not a prima donna.

    As for Clayborn….he lacked Tony Dungy’s biggest requisite for ablity…availability

    Hard to do much from the hottub.

  21. bucs4lyfe Says:

    @The Buc Realist

    who in the world should have started day one that was on the bucs roster? dont think jaquies smith was here week one and he’ll be replaced soon im sure, he’ll be no different than all they short term hype William gholdston got

  22. Arealbucsfan Says:

    @Joe. Anything on Wisneiwski? Did he make here yet or what?

  23. bucs4lyfe Says:

    lovie can get the most ferocious pass rush in the nfl all he wants but it’s hard to get sacks when a quarterback drops back and his receivers are immediately wide open….he’ll automatically be better in Atlanta good luck Clay whenever you play outside the division

  24. CC Says:

    As we further witness the destruction of the Buccaneers.

  25. WS99 Says:

    Just a quick thank you to the Joes for having the best bucs site out there. Thank you gents your work is appreciated. That is all, carry on.

  26. PanthersSuck! Says:

    He’s gonna get double digit sacks within two years.

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    bucs4lyfe Says
    “…better than any pass rusher on the roster…”

    Wow. Statements like that really make you look ignorant. I think McCoys 9+ sacks make him the best on the roster. 2 years running.

  28. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Clayborn might look good in Atlanta…in the two games he plays till he in placed on IR.

  29. The Buc Realist Says:

    @buccaneer Bonzai

    welcome aboard! another enlighten soul who has seen the light. If Atlanta signs him it will be another BJ Upton all over again.

    In 2016 he will be known as Melvin Slowborn!!!!

  30. JFat Says:

    Can we wait and see how much he signs for before we go saying what a bad idea it was to “let” him walk? If he’s asking for 4-5 mill/year, that’s too much given his injury history. Maybe he has an offer on the table from the Bucs and thinks he can get more elsewhere? These guys do test the market.

    Or are they supposed to just give him however much he wants so he doesn’t go to Atlanta?

    I like how the default assumption made by a lot of commentors here is that the front office doesn’t even try to get deals done.

  31. Max Says:

    what a bust, his arm was too tiny to compete

  32. Buctebow Says:

    Max, I don’t know what to say. Really?

  33. LargoBuc Says:

    Such a shame he was injured last season. The man plays with more heart than Bowers and MJ combined. I would’ve loved to see him come back for a modest contract fighting his tail off for snaps this August. But no we get the ghost and possibly good burger Bowers. Makes me sick that he’s going to a division rival that murdered us twice last season.

  34. Broy34 Says:

    “This ship is falling apart” because they let a slow middle linebacker go in a system that requires zone coverage. Lansanah David and Bruce Carter is a perfect setup for the Cover 2. Clayborn has the size for it but was never a consistent rusher. Stop overreacting. Never seen a fanbase with the 1st pick ready to draft a winner AND a heisman and sign value players with still much to prove complain about so much. Re-f-ing-lax

  35. Broy34 Says:

    Murray left Dallas w/o a deal and the Jags GM also said they haven’t had progress. Expect him to be a Buc. I’m tellin Ya. They’ll grab Wiz draft a tackle roll with a rookie tackle mankins Dotson and Wiz, sign another lineman draft winston sign murray and let’s to. And oh yeah just plug a few defense spots. Particularly pass rusher(draft another one). Relax people I like what they’re doing. The elite players didn’t fit our holes this free agency. The 2nd wave does

  36. Broy34 Says:

    And boom Derrick Morgan confirmed visit agent announced. There Ya go. Relax peeps

  37. bucrightoff Says:

    Murray as a Buc = massive waste money (that also makes Sims a massive waste of a draft pick last year). It’s 100% not happening, he’ll only come here for an overpay, if the money is close he stays in Dallas.

  38. ddneast Says:

    If they put him in his natural RDE position he might start producing.
    So typical of the trolls on this site who bad mouthed Clayborn right Iup until he is about to leave and now all of a sudden they talk about him turning into the next JJ Watt.
    So pathetic.
    Falcons play on fake grass and it harder to stay healthy on that surface than natural grass. Missed practically two full seasons with injuries and was already playing with one bad wing.
    Great pick, Dom.

  39. Greg Schiano Says:

    Well the Buc’s sure have been active in free agency….NOT! I can not beliveve Jose is shoveling this poo about a return to the 2012 Glory Days….when Lovie and Tedford were making football magic in his basement!! Lotta good that did us….Lovie is a loser! He loses the Saints game to garner the first pick for a rapist who is slower and fatter than the Big Dog!!

    The Patriots let Revis walk, yet they will be in the playoffs next year because they have a HC and QB1 who have more work ethic, moral fiber, and talent in their respective pinkies than the entire Buc’s staff combined!

    Rapist or Mariotta…potato…patato….blah blah blah! Now we are listening to Radio Raheem Morris….woe is me….bring back Chucky!!

    Greg Schiano

  40. Tom Edrington Says:

    Lovie cutting even bigger holes into the piece of swiss cheese known as the Buccaneers.

  41. JFF Says:

    Only Joe would want to bring back a total bust who can’t rush the passer to save his life in a system that depends on a strong edge rush by the DEs.

    Just stop posting opinions Joe. You should stick to analyzing cheerleaders, not football.

  42. ddneast Says:

    Greg Schiano, I keep wondering who you keep referring to as a rapist.
    I know of no one on this team or even someone they re considering drafting who has ever been convicted of or let alone charge with the crime of rape.
    You sound liike some kind of Nazi facist if you can’t provide the name of the person you are referring to and any facts that he has been charged or convicted of the crime.
    See you around the Reichstag Heinrich Himmler.

  43. k1ngadroc Says:

    He’s been injured so bring him back to compete on the cheap. Dude plays tough when he’s in there