And former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Matt Tobin reached a one-year deal with the Patriots, a source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
New England had kept running back Rex Burkhead, special-teamers Nate Ebner and Brandon King, and traded for cornerback Jason McCourty earlier this week, but the Patriots had lost mainstays Nate Solder, Dion Lewis, Malcolm Butler and Danny Amendola via free agency.
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Clayborn could help the Patriots’ pass rush, which noticeably needed a boost in Super Bowl LII.
Trey Flowers, who led the team in 2017 with 6.5 sacks, is the Patriots’ top player at defensive end, and he returns in 2018, the final year of his contract.
The Patriots relied on Flowers heavily last season, as they struggled to build depth at the position behind him.
Clayborn, who is the Patriots’ first signing of a player from another team since free agency began Wednesday, could help ease some of that burden in 2018.
The Patriots also have second-year player Deatrich Wise Jr. at the position, and he showed promise after joining the team as a 2017 fourth-round pick out of Arkansas, playing in every game and totaling five sacks.
The injury bug again hit Clayborn with the Falcons in 2016, when he was placed on injured reserve with a ruptured biceps, which prevented him from finishing the season and playing in Super Bowl LI.
He revealed he contemplated retirement following that injury but had a discussion with his wife and decided to continue playing.
The Texans struggled last season after safety Quintin Demps left in free agency in March 2017.
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Bouye left for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mathieu, a former LSU standout and Create Cheap Jerseys New Orleans native, will start right away at strong safety for Houston, alongside free safety Andre Hal.