The New York Jets have signed former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. New York has been on the hunt for a reliable defensive back following the release of Darrelle Revis back in late February and they were finally able to lock down Claiborne on Saturday.

Claiborne spent the first five seasons of his career with the Cowboys after being drafted with the No. 6 overall pick (Ironically, New York’s selection this year) in the 2012 NFL Draft. He started 43 out of the 47 games he played in the last five seasons while recording 151 tackles, 27 passes defended, and four interceptions.

In spite of the physicality Claiborne brings to the position, injuries have hindered his production throughout his career. He’s only played more than 11 games in a single season once and that was his rookie year. He was placed on the injured reserve list with a torn patellar tendon after four games in 2014 and even missed the final eight games of the regular season in 2016 with a groin injury.

A healthy Claiborne will be a welcomed addition to a Revis-less Jets secondary. Even after missing eight games, he finished this past season with 26 tackles, five passes defensed, and an interception. Dallas’ No. 1 ranked secondary thrived with Claiborne starting opposite Brandon Carr, who recently signed a four-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

Now that New York has Claiborne on one side of the secondary and Buster Skrine on the other, the question is will they still be using their sixth overall pick in the draft on Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore?

Stay tuned to End Zone Score for more on New York’s offseason.

Justin Caba is a staff writer covering the New York Jets and other AFC East news for EndZoneScore.com. Contact him via email at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter: @JustinCaba40

One Response

  1. Papamurphdog

    Hahahahahaha! Good luck! One year deal. Always hurt. Played well, for once, last year, then hurt again. Then he bolts? No balls. No spine. Good riddance.

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