Friday's National Football League notebook: Patriots adding three free agents


Clayborn, who turns 30 in July, led the Falcons with a career-high 9.5 sacks in 2017.

He indicated an agreement with the Patriots on Instagram on Friday afternoon, posting the team's logo with the caption: "Dope".

Clayborn is coming off a season in which he set the Falcons' single-game sack record when he recorded six against the Cowboys in a game in November.

Clayborn is a good player who will certainly be an asset, but there's a strong chance he won't surpass Flowers as the team's best edge rusher.

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Clayborn has never recorded a double-digit sack season, but he's a solid overall edge defender who brings some versatility to the Patriots' defensive front. He played in 15 games for the Seahawks last season. Clayborn, 29, spent multiyear stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons. He fills one of the team's biggest needs, and if he plays to his potential he makes their beleaguered front-seven much more unsafe. He was a reserve last season for Seattle after four seasons with Philadelphia.

The Patriots have defensive ends Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise, Eric Lee, Keionta Davis and Geneo Grissom on their roster as well. With Dion Lewis signing with the Tennessee Titans, the Patriots had a need at running back and fill it with a once-promising player. Unfortunately, his last playoff game ended with a costly fumble in the 2015 AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he's since tumbled down the Bengals' depth chart in favor of 2017 second-round pick Joe Mixon. He averaged more than 900 rushing yards in his first three seasons with the Bengals. Hill can also catch the ball out of the backfield as he has 67 career receptions to go with 484 career-receiving yards.

He had a successful rookie season in 2014, rushing 222 times for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns.

The free-agent market has not been especially kind to running backs, so it's likely that Hill was available for reasonable money.