A week after officially releasing Darrelle Revis, the Jets have found themselves a new cornerback.
Gang Green is expected to sign former Cowboys corner Morris Claiborne, according to ESPN. Claiborne, who was the No. 6 overall pick in 2012, has spent the last five seasons with Dallas.
Claiborne, 27, has battled injuries throughout his pro career, including last season when a groin injury caused him to miss the final nine games of the regular season. He returned for the Cowboys’ playoff game but was knocked out of that contest in the third quarter with a bruised rib.
In his five years as a Cowboy, Claiborne has played in 47 games, including 43 starts.
Claiborne had been playing well last season before the groin injury. In his seven games, Claiborne allowed an opposing passer rating of just 63, per Pro Football Focus. Though he only played a partial season, that ranked 9th of 111 cornerbacks. Though somewhat risky because of his injury history, Claiborne certainly has big-time upside given his pedigree. Since the rebuilding Jets don’t have much to lose at this point, it makes sense they would go after someone like him.
The Jets were 17th in pass yardage allowed last season but were ranked 31st in Football Outsiders’ pass defense DVOA. Claiborne will join a group of cornerbacks that includes Buster Skrine, Juston Burris and restricted free agent Marcus Williams.
Published at Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:07:58 +0000