New England Patriots

More details have been released on the two-year deal between the Patriots and free-agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

It’s already known that Clayborn signed for two years, and Adam Schefter reported that it’s worth up to $12.5 million. Mike Reiss of ESPN reported more on the contract, including that it actually has a base value of $10 million.

Clayborn’s contract includes $5.5 million guaranteed, which is comprised of his $4 million signing bonus and $1.5 million base salary in 2018. In 2019, his base salary jumps to $3.5 million. And in each season, he can earn up to $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

The Patriots can release Clayborn after just one year and it would cost just $2 million in dead cap money. Otherwise, his 2019 cap hit would be $6 million.

Overall, it’s a good deal for both sides. The Patriots get the veteran help they needed at defensive end, particularly in terms of the pass-rush. It’s not a heavy penalty against the cap. Clayborn has incentive to be active every week. And at the end of the day, if it doesn’t work out then it only costs the Pats $5.5 million and negligible cap figures.

Ideally, Clayborn delivers what Jabaal Sheard did with his similar deal in 2015, if not better than that.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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— Salary information via Spotrac