Last week, when Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said cornerback Morris Claiborne had shown the team enough, many took it as a sign that the team would exercise their fifth-year option on the LSU product, which would keep him in Dallas through the 2016 season.
But according to Jerry’s son and Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, no decision has been made.
“Jerry is always going to compliment our players,” Stephen Jones said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He thinks more of our guys than anybody. But at the same time, when we sit down and take a look at what we have to do underneath our salary cap, that plays into it. We have to look at his health; we have to really measure everything.
“I think his point was we think a lot of Mo. We’re still believers that if Mo had a fully healthy off-season and a fully healthy season, that he would play up to our expectations. But you know that’s just something we have to manage in terms of the money.”
Claiborne has struggled with injuries in each of his three seasons with the Cowboys, and his performance has suffered as a result. Last season, Claiborne missed all but four games with a torn ACL, and finished with eight tackles and an interception, the third of his career.
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