Morris Claiborne admitted he thinks about his future once in a while. But most of his focus has been staying healthy and being productive on the field in what could be his final season with the Dallas Cowboys.
Claiborne is set to return to the starting lineup on Monday night in Washington after sitting out the past two games with hamstring and ankle injuries, and is hoping to finish the season strong after going through a full practice Thursday.
Whether that would lead to a reunion with the Cowboys this offseason is irrelevant.
“I think about [my future] every now and then, like where would I be or things like that, but I try not to go too far in depth of it,” Claiborne said. “I just stay in the moment and stay where I’m at now and when that time comes handle that then.”
Claiborne made it clear that he’d like to stay with the Cowboys, saying: “I wouldn’t rather be nowhere else.”
But his future remains uncertain after the Cowboys declined a fifth-year option on him this past offseason. That means Claiborne will be free to test the market, and should generate some interest after putting together his best NFL season to date.
Claiborne is by no means playing at an All-Pro level, but has made strides from being the bust most had thought. He has been targeted 44 times this season, giving up 25 completions for 389 yards with one touchdown and six breakups.
Claiborne described his season as “decent” and “solid” until exiting the Nov. 15 game at Tampa Bay just before halftime with the hamstring and ankle injuries.
“I feel like I should have more turnovers,” said Claiborne, who has yet to record an interception this season.
“I should have some interceptions that I left out there. We’ve got five more games to go out and get – attempt to get some – and try to make some plays on the ball.”