Through two, injury-hampered NFL seasons, Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has failed to live up to expectations, even being demoted in favor of Orlando Scandrick last year. Now, with the 2014 free agency period looming, there have even been whispers that the former No. 6 overall pick could be on the trading block.
According to ESPN Dallas’s Calvin Watkins, the best the Cowboys could get in exchange for the LSU product is likely a third round pick--which leads Watkins to believe that Dallas might as well hold onto Claiborne and hope he hits his stride in the NFL. Supporting this idea is that Claiborne has run into some rough luck, both on and off the field.
The trouble started early for Claiborne, as he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the opener. A couple months later, as one of the many Cowboys forced to deal with a hamstring injury over the course of the year, Claiborne missed six games. Then his father passed away unexpectedly in December.
In dealing with all this, Claiborne finished the year with a paltry 21 tackles and one interception.
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