Bucs face decision on DE Clayborn’s contractBy May 3, the team must decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on Clayborn’s rookie contract or allow him to become a free agent in 2015. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS By Roy Cummings | Tribune Staff Published: April 23, 2014 TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a big decision to make regarding the future of defensive end Adrian Clayborn, and they don’t have much time to make it.By May 3, the team must decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on Clayborn’s rookie contract or allow him to become a free agent in 2015.Clayborn said he has heard nothing from team officials indicating what direction they plan to go on the matter, adding that he’s not really sure it matters.“Even if they do (pick up the option), it’s not guaranteed,’’ Clayborn said Wednesday. “So, I still have to come out and have a good year.’’The cost of keeping Clayborn is $6.969 million, which the Bucs might deem too much for a left end who has played sporadically since he came to the team.A first-round pick (20th overall) in 2011, Clayborn had 7.5 sacks as a rookie right end, but missed all but three games of his second season with a knee injury. Clayborn came back last year, but recorded only 5.5 sacks.The Bucs signed right end Michael Johnson in free agency, which sparked Clayborn’s move to left end.“It’s been a rough two years for me, being hurt and then last year not playing well when I wanted to,’’ Clayborn said. “But this system is really primed for me to have a good year. It’s up to me to make it happen.’’email@example.com(813) 259-7979Twitter: @RCummingsTBO
If he is going to have a “coming out” party (not like Mike Sam’s), he needs to get it to happen this year.DE's around this time, start to show whatthey are made of.And if he comes out and bags six or seven sacks, then he is what he is. A rotational type of guy, or at least, needs to get paid like it.
If only we could combine his heart and drive with Bowers' physical gifts...shame
I dont know, Clayborn has what it takes, I honestly believe that. Lovie will get the most out of him. I have a feeling out Dline is going to be manly.
I am optimistic for sure. Just saying that if AC didnt have the arm thing he would be a perfect book end to Johnson. If he were built like Bowers, we likely wouldnt have needed to go get Johnson. Love AC's motor and the violence he plays with between the whistle. Just wish some of that would have rubbed off onto Bowers who could be downright nasty if he wanted to be.