From all we had heard prior to this past weekend, the Dallas Cowboys weren’t expecting any major hold-ups in negotiations with their prized first round draft pick, Morris Claiborne. But over the weekend, Claiborne’s agent, Bus Cook, said that he was wholly unsure whether or not Claiborne would be signed in time for training camp.
“I have no idea, don’t know,” Cook said, per ESPN Dallas. “I don’t know. We’ll see.”
Claiborne has had to sit out all offseason after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right wrist, but he’s expressed hope in the past couple of weeks that he might be back in time for the Cowboys’ three-day mini-camp for rookies and selected veterans just before the start of training camp.
What’s holding contract talks back with Claiborne is the offset language in the deal--which would free Dallas from a good deal of responsibility (read: money) should Claiborne be cut while still under his rookie deal.
“That’s probably what is holding everybody up, because the money is the money,” Cowboys’ executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “I think everyone wants to be consistent at the end of the day. I think that is what is holding everything up, see what is going to be the flavor of the day.”
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