BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday that they have released defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
Clayborn was signed by the Browns in April 2020.
Last season, Clayborn played in 15 games—starting in two—and recorded 12 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Clayborn was a solid rotational end, which is now a thin position in Cleveland, with Olivier Vernon recovering from surgery and entering free agency.
In terminating Clayborn's contract, the Browns will clear around $3 million in cap space, which could help them be even more aggressive in free agency to fill that void.
NFL free agency officially begins Wednesday, March 17 at 4 p.m., but the legal tampering period begins on March 15.
The Browns may also look to address the position via the 2021 NFL Draft, which takes place in Cleveland April 29 through May 1.