Morris Claiborne ready, excited for season
Morris Claiborne is continuing his career with the Dallas Cowboys.
The injury-plagued cornerback has reached a one-year deal to stay with the team, sources confirmed, giving the Cowboys much-needed depth at the position.
Claiborne's deal is for $3 million, which can be stretched to $3.75 million if he meets incentives. That number is far less than had the Cowboys picked up Claiborne's fifth-year option before last season at $11 million."
Claiborne, 26, has largely been viewed as a bust since joining the Cowboys as the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of LSU. He has missed 23 regular-season games the past three seasons with various injuries.
He had his best professional season last year before battling hamstring injuries down the stretch. Those injuries forced him to miss five games. Claiborne finished the season with no interceptions, and the coaches credited him with 42 tackles and nine passes defended. He had one interception in each of his previous three seasons.
Brandon Carr remains a possible cap casualty at some point this off-season, and Orlando Scandrick is coming back from an knee injury that sidelined him the entire season last year. Carr has a $13.8 million cap figure for next season.
“He had his best off-season and had his best year," vice-president Stephen Jones said of Claiborne at the Combine a few weeks ago. "I think sometimes it takes time for younger players to really figure it out in terms of what it takes to be a pro in this league."