The Jets have made a move to address their secondary with the signing today of unrestricted free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne, who played his first five NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Claiborne (5'11", 188) was taken by Dallas in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2012 draft after a standout college career at LSU (11 interceptions in the 2010-11 seasons combined) that led some draft analysts to label him the best defensive player available in that draft. He first became an unrestricted free agent last year but was re-signed by the 'Pokes to a one-year deal after two days on the FA market.
For his career, Claiborne, 27, has played in 47 games with 43 starts and has four interceptions, 26 pass defenses, a forced fumble, four recoveries (including one for a touchdown in his rookie season) and 151 tackles. His resurgence the first half of last year was cited as part of the reason for the Cowboys' improved secondary.
He's shown great physical skills when healthy but has also fought through injuries. He lost the last three-quarters of the 2014 season when he went on Injured Reserve with a torn patella tendon. He also sat out the last eight regular-season games last season with a groin injury before returning for Dallas' NFC Divisional Round game.
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