- Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk previously reported that it was “doubtful” the Buccaneers would do so, this news doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
The option would’ve cost the Bucs $6.969 million for the 2015 season, but it’s worth noting that this figure is only guaranteed for injury.
Clayborn, 25, will make $1,494,567 for the upcoming season. Last year, he appeared in all 16 games for Tampa Bay and totaled 64 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.
However, Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 47 defensive end in a 4-3 system out of 52 qualifying players. According to their rating, Clayborn was one of the worst pass-rushing 4-3 defensive ends, so this will be an area he’ll need to work on next year.