Patriots Ink Clayborn, Hill & Tobin To Free Agent Deals
After being picked clean in the opening days of free agency, the New England Patriots have started to do some of their own pillaging.
The Pats inked three players on Friday, including defensive end Adrian Clayborn, running back Jeremy Hill and offensive tackle Matt Tobin.
The first player to reportedly sign with New England was the former Atlanta Falcon, Clayborn, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Clayborn is locked into two years with the Pats for as much as $12.5 million, according to Schefter.
The 29-year-old is coming off of a career-high, 9.5 sack season. In 81 career games, the former first round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has totaled 167 tackles, 30 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 23 run stuffs.
Clayborn is likely to slot in next to Trey Flowers at the top of New England's thin depth along the edge. His abilities as a pass rusher should help to fill a void that was a constant issue for the Pats this past season.
The next player reportedly heading to the Pats is Cincinnati's former running back, Jeremy Hill.
ESPN's Field Yates was all over the announcement that Hill would be joining the Pats.
Hill, who has not yet had the terms of his deal disclosed, has seemingly been brought in, in place of speedster Dion Lewis, who left the Tennessee earlier this week.
The veteran back joins a backfield that is headed by James White, newly re-signed Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee.
The four-year veteran has totaled 2,873 yards and 29 touchdowns on 704 career carries, while also catching 67 passes for 484 yards and a score.
Though he missed all but seven games last year, with an ankle injury, Hill has been otherwise durable throughout his short career.
Hill is the second former Bengal in as many years to come to the Pats in free agency, following his teammate Rex Burkhead's lead. Hill made sure to shout out his new, old teammate on twitter.
The final deal the Pats inked on Friday night was with offensive tackle Matt Tobin, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Tobin, 27, has spent his five year career with the Philadelphia Eagles an the Seattle Seahawks. With Nate Solder leaving New England in free agency, Tobin's addition could help to fill the void at left tackle.