Sep 14, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) tackles St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
On Tuesday it was Mike Glennon garnering interest on the trade market and on Wednesday it appears as though there is some interest being shown in two of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ unrestricted free agents.
Clayborn suffered a triceps injury in week one against Carolina and missed the rest of the season. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler recently noted that Cleveland have interest in the 26-year-old.
"“His name was mentioned in Browns circles during last week’s combine talks. The idea is Clayborn is a talented former first-rounder whose had two unproductive years in four chances because of injury. Clayborn should have a free-agent market but not as big as had he stayed healthy. In two healthy seasons, Clayborn had 13 sacks and five forced fumbles.Clayborn is a natural 4-3 end but has the size (6-foot-3, 280) to play the end spot in a 4-3, possibly opposite Desmond Bryant.”"
The 20th overall pick in the 2011 draft has essentially missed two of his four pro seasons due to injury. However, he had a very good 2013 season proving that when healthy he can be a valuable part of the defensive line.
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Foster is drawing interest from the Bucs’ NFC South rival Falcons who are looking to upgrade at middle linebacker.
He made 62 tackles in 10 games last year but continued to struggle in coverage.
"“The Falcons also are expected to look into Mason Foster from Tampa Bay, who was drafted by Falcons assistant head coach Raheem Morris when Morris was the Buccaneers’ head coach,” ESPN’s Vaughn McClure wrote."
It’s unclear whether the Bucs are interested in bringing either player back next season but if they decide to move in a different direction, Tampa Bay is sure to have a number of different options to chose from in either free agency or the draft.