The New York Jets are expected to sign former first-round cornerback Morris Claiborne to a one-year deal worth $5 million.
Claiborne, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, has spent all five years of his professional career with the Dallas Cowboys. The former LSU Tiger has missed 26 games over the last three years due to various injuries.
He performed well when he could stay on the field last season. Pro Football Focus gave the 27-year-old an 84.7 grade, the seventh-best grade for any free agent cornerback. For comparison, the Jets highest-ranked cornerback was Marcus Williams, who earned a decent 70.1 grade in 2016.
While he played well in limited time in 2016, injuries have derailed Claiborne’s career to this point. After a solid start to the season, Claiborne missed the entire second half of the season due to a groin injury. He returned for Dallas’ divisional round playoff matchup, but left that game with a rib injury.
The signing of Claiborne will fill the void left by the release of cornerback Darrelle Revis, whom the Jets cut in February after an underwhelming 2016 campaign. But he’s far from a reliable solution. New York’s thin cornerback corps include Buster Skrine, Marcus Williams, Darryl Roberts and Juston Burris.
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