Clayborn’s release will generate $3 million in cap savings for the Browns with $500,000 in dead cap space.
OverTheCap.com shows the Browns had about $20.6 million in salary cap space, which means they should now have about $23.6 million.
Clayborn, 32, started two of the 15 games he appeared in during the 2020 season, compiling 12 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
We've released DE Adrian Clayborn
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 9, 2021
Spotrac.com shows Clayborn has made a total of $30,265,403 in 10 NFL seasons.
The Browns paid Clayborn $2.75 million last season.
It marked Clayborn’s lone season in Cleveland.
Last offseason, Claiborne signed with the Browns on a three-year deal worth $5.75 million.
Clayborn played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2019 and 2015-2017, the New England Patriots in 2018 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2011-2014.
It is incumbent upon Browns general manager Andrew Berry and the front office to find a defensive end to pair opposite Myles Garrett either through free agency or the 2021 NFL Draft.
Defensive end Olivier Vernon is set to become an unrestricted free agent next week.
Even if the Browns decided to sign Vernon to a new deal, he is rehabbing from a torn Achilles injury.
The legal free-agent negotiating window starts on March 15 while the official start of free agency begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 17.
While the Browns missed out on signing J.J. Watt this offseason, there are several more free agent edge rushers they could look to sign.
Watt wound up agreeing to a two-year deal with the Cardinals.
On Tuesday, the Steelers chose not to place the franchise tag on Dupree while the Buccaneers decided to franchise tag wide receiver Chris Godwin instead of Barrett.
The Browns also have the 26th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, which is set to begin on April 29.