25-Year-Old Cornerback – Dallas Cowboys
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Claiborne continues to be plagued by injuries, and he played in only four games last season before tearing his Achilles tendon. He's made good progress in his recovery, but in the offseason the Cowboy...
2015 ADP: –
Bye Week: 6
Morris Claiborne Contract Information:
Signed by the Cowboys to a four-year deal worth $16.26 million in July of 2012.
Claiborne was a standout performer during the Cowboys' first day of padded practice Saturday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.
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Morris Claiborne: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Claiborne has primarily disappointed since he was selected sixth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, but injuries have claimed 18 combined games over the past two seasons. Last fall, he only managed four appearances before sustaining a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, resulting in an abbreviated campaign. Moreover, the current offseason included arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, which has held him out of both individual and team drills in OTAs and minicamp. While Jones is confident that Claiborne will be unhindered once training camp kicks off, it's unclear exactly where the cornerback will fit in the secondary pecking order.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Cowboys still aren't sure if Claiborne will be ready for the start of training camp, or where he'll slot into their secondary when he does get healthy, but so far his rehab from knee surgery is going well.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)He's recovering from surgeries on the patellar tendons in both of his knees, and at this point the Cowboys still aren't entirely sure if Claiborne will be ready for Week 1, much less training camp. If he's not, first round pick Byron Jones' development will become even more important for the team's secondary.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The option would have been worth about $11 million, and given Claiborne's checkered injury and performance history, the team deemed that to be too steep. As a result, he'll be an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Claiborne battled injuries again in his second season, playing only 10 games and losing his starting spot to Orlando Scandrick. He's still just two years removed from being the sixth overall pick though, and the Cowboys aren't ready to give up on him yet. Don't look for big IDP numbers, but if he can stay healthy he should help solidify the Dallas secondary.
Claiborne had an up-and-down rookie season, recording 55 tackles and one interception, but the sixth overall pick in 2012 showed plenty of potential and looks poised to take a big step forward. He may not put up IDP-worthy numbers, but he'll be a key part of the Cowboys' team defense.
The Cowboys traded up in the first round to nab Claiborne, the player they thought was the one difference-maker available at cornerback in this year's draft. He'll start opposite free agent Brandon Carr in Dallas' revamped secondary and has both the ball-hawking skills and willingness to get physical that make him a potential IDP star if he adapts to the NFL quickly.