New York Jets Sign Oft-Injured Morris Claiborne to One-Year Deal

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 03/20/17 04:55AM EDT
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Morris Claiborne of the Dallas Cowboys breaks up a pass thrown to Leonard Hankerson of the Washington Redskins.(Photo : Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The New York Jets have signed oft-injured cornerback Morris Claiborne to a one-year reportedly worth in excess of $5 million. The Jets made the move despite Claiborne's string of injuries, which forced him to miss 33 of a potential 80 career games.

The Jets announced the move on their Twitter account, showing Claiborne signing his contract as replacement for veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis. However, the team did not divulge the terms of the agreement.

The Jets took a chance on Claiborne after he recorded the best statistical showing of his career last season. He owns the NFL's ninth-best passer rating among cornerbacks and the league's 11th-best catch rate.

A sixth overall pick by Dallas in 2012, Claiborne appeared in seven games last season for the Cowboys, recording 26 total tackles, intercepting a pass, deflecting five more, and recovering a fumble. In 47 regular-season games, Claiborne has four interceptions, 26 passes defensed, a forced fumble and four fumble recoveries.

Claiborne's downside was his health, as he has yet to appear in more than 11 games in a season after appearing in 15 games as a rookie. He missed six games in 2013 with a dislocated left shoulder and a hamstring injury and missed 12 games the following year due to a torn left patellar tendon.

In 2015, Claiborne started 11 games while dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries. After that, he became an unrestricted free agent but returned to the Cowboys on a one-year deal.

In 10 NFL seasons, Revis has 29 interceptions, six forced fumbles and two sacks in 140 games. He is credited with 137 passes defensed.

Revis was released by the Jets after performing poorly last season. After that he was involved in a street altercation but was later cleared of all charges.

Revis played his first six seasons with the Jets before playing one year each with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Patriots. After winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots, he signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Jets that came with $39 million in guaranteed money in 2015.



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