When the Dallas Cowboys made the decision not to pick up Morris Claiborne’s fifth-year option this offseason, Claiborne himself wasn’t surprised. In fact, he says if he were in the Cowboys’ shoes, he would have made the same decision.
“I wasn’t expecting for that to happen,” Claiborne said of the 2016 option, per the Dallas Morning News. “Why would you put so much in a person that you don’t know where he’ll be standing? If I was on the other side, I wouldn’t have done that. It’s just one of those things. It’s a business. I approach it that way. I got to go put in some work. I got to go make somebody want me. I don’t want nothing to be just given to me.”
As you might remember, Claiborne suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in Week 4 of last season but the Cowboys are looking for him to be ready for training camp five weeks from now., and Claiborne seems ready to oblige. He said during the final week of minicamp practices before camp that he was more than a month ahead of schedule in his rehab and ready for Oxnard.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’m ready to roll.”