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Adrian Claiborne floats as FA prospect for Vikings at defensive end


August 24, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Claiborne (94) warms up before a game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard—USA TODAY SPORTS

The Minnesota Vikings will enter the 2021 season sheepishly on defense, licking the wounds from the worst defensive season the franchise has suffered since 2013 – a year before Mike Zimmer’s arrival.

In addition to third-down efficiency, the Vikings’ defense was terrible during the pandemic season, causing losses for the team in games that the offense was somewhat stellar. It was an odd turn of events for a squad run by Zimmer, a coach known outwardly for promoting defense, defense and over-defense.

The 2021 Vikings have been renewed on defense, although free-agent names such as Patrick Peterson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Xavier Woods, Nick Vigil, McKinsey Alexander and Stephen Weatherly are included. The free-agent segment of the off-season focused only on defense. nothing new as of june 1 Offensive Free Agent 2021 has joined the team.

Another name could be on the way – or at least should be entertained, says Christopher Knox bleacher report. Minnesota has a facelift of $14-15 million to spend on free agents because Kyle Rudolph’s contract is now completely out of bookkeeping. And, the depth chart could stand before Danielle Hunter to host a major EDGE rusher. Knox thinks the man is adrian claiborne. in their analysis bleacher report, he announced 32 Players Who Should Sign With Every NFL Team. As for Vikings, he is on board with Claiborne. Knox wrote:

Poor defense prevented the Minnesota Vikings from becoming a playoff contender in 2020. The team finished 29th in allowed points, 25th in passing yards and 27th in rushing yards, and produced only 23 sacks. Although it brought in free agents Patrick Peterson and Dalvin Tomlinson, it did not draft a defender until the third round. Minnesota is light on cap space with $6.7 million, so signing a marquee free agent probably isn’t in the cards. However, signing a budget-friendly role-player like Adrian Claiborne means a lot. Claiborne has played for three different teams over the past three seasons and was last signed on a two-year, $5.8 million deal. Despite being a valuable rotational player, he was released by the Browns for a year in that deal. In 2020, Claiborne played 38 percent of defensive snaps, but ended up with 12 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 15 quarterback pressures. He could provide Minnesota with a decent piece of pass-rushing depth at a cap-friendly price. It won’t be a blockbuster move, but it should be something Vikings made.

Despite his first-round stock from the 2011 NFL Draft, Claiborne’s 10-year career so far has been a role-playing one. He has played for four teams, appeared in 125 football games, and started in 53 of them. Only eight years earlier, in 2013, he was a true-blue starter, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Claiborne spent last season with upstart Cleveland Browns and former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski—who took the big job in Cleveland about 17 months ago. Claiborne saw action on 38% of all defensive snaps, with 3.5 sacks, 12 total tackles and 59.8 stakes. Pro Football Focus grade.

The University of Iowa alumnus has been known as a near-rushing commodity over the years. He wouldn’t be the type of player to end all questions at Minnesota’s RDE location, instead fielding an EDGE rusher room already filled with Stephen Weatherly, DJ Vonum, Patrick Jones II, Jaylen Holmes, Kenny Wilkes and Jordan Brailford. There will be a crowd.

Other free agent EDGE rushers who are available – if general manager Rick Spielman is not interested in Claiborne – include Justin Houston, Melvin Ingram and Everson Griffen.

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