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CB Morris Claiborne Expected To Sign With New York Jets

RJ Ochoa

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The 2017 NFL Free Agency period has been a seemingly uneventful one for the Dallas Cowboys. While most people have been waiting for the Tony Romo shoe to drop, a lot of players from a team that was at the center of the NFL universe last season have been poached by other clubs. The picking and choosing continued on Thursday when word trickled out that cornerback Morris Claiborne is expected to sign with the New York Jets.

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Former Cowboys' CB Morris Claiborne is expected to sign with the Jets, per league source. CB market now moving.

News regarding Morris Claiborne's departure came minutes - literally, a few minutes! - after word was announced that cornerback Brandon Carr has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens (a shocking move in and of itself considering Carr was mulling over retirement). These moves mere minutes apart brought to an end what Rob Ryan thought was going to be a revolutionary cornerback tandem in the spring of 2012.

Morris Claiborne's time in the blue and silver has been rocky at best. The Cowboys traded up to grab the LSU standout with the 6th Overall Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, forfeiting their 2nd Round Pick. At the time many celebrated a hopeful future in the Dallas secondary, but that future was never realized as Claiborne lacked both the confidence and physical durability to ever meet his true potential.

Morris Claiborne

Morris Claiborne's Cowboy career comes to an end, a ride of confidence and injuries mirroring a sin/cos curve.

An offseason ago Morris Claiborne and the Cowboys reached a one-year "prove it" deal, where Mo bet on himself to have a campaign that would reward him with a fantastic long-term contract. He was off to a great start - Cowboys fans originally wanted him extended in the early fall - before suffering an injury that would essentially end his season on October 30th during an overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Morris Claiborne has accounted for four interceptions while donning the Cowboys uniform, but perhaps none was more impressive than the one he pulled off on October 6th, 2013. That day the Cowboys and Broncos squared off for one of the most exciting games in NFL History. Peyton Manning was in the middle of what would ultimately become the finest statistical season that any quarterback has ever had. He threw his first interception of the season that day... a ball that landed in the hands of Morris Claiborne.

Fair thee well, Morris. Hopefully the Big Apple brings with it the confidence you seek and health stability you require. Thanks for the memories - what little there were - and for giving up one of the coolest possible jersey numbers to a new player, #24.

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3 Comments
  • deal with it

    C-YA. totally overpaid draft flop.

  • Russ_Te

    Dept of How To Get Drafted High, Play Little, Then Hit Paydirt on Your F/A Deal…

    ;^)

    I wanted Mo back but not at a high cap hit. Penciling starters right now it’s Carroll and the prospective #1 pick IMO. I’d still rather Scandrick work the slot than outside.

    Remember that Byron Jones can cover and in a pinch be moved to CB. However if you are a low pick or a walk-on CB or S this year, Dallas is a good place to be. Those camp battles are going to be interesting.

  • Travis Diggs

    Claiborne can go wherever he chooses Anywhere but here We drafted him because The redskins drafted RG3 And that hasn’t worked for neither team I hope he does well but he won’t be on the field long enough to do soo.

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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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After his record-setting performance during week 14, @AmariCooper9 is the FIRST #DallasCowboys to win NFC Player of the Week twice in a season! → https://t.co/kvBDIeOgBd #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote

As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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QB Dak Prescott Named Cowboys’ Nominee For Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award

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As the quarterback of America's Team, Dak Prescott is faced with a level of criticism each week that few athletes have to deal with. He is constantly questioned for his play, and even when things are going well, Prescott must answer his critics. But one area absolutely no one can question Prescott is his leadership, both on and off the field.

Dak Prescott is the perfect role model for children and adults alike. He is constantly doing fantastic work in his communities and making sure he uses his platform for good to his best ability.

This week it was announced Dak Prescott was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and will be the Cowboys' candidate in the race.

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@Dak Prescott has been announced as the #Cowboys nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year - for 'commitment to philanthropy and community impact.' DAL past winners of the NFL-wide honor: Staubach, Aikman, Witten. @1053thefan

Of course, Prescott is well-worthy of the honor, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being both a finalist and the recipient of the award this year. As mentioned by Mike Fisher in the above tweet, three Cowboys have won the award previously; Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Jason Witten. Each of which is deserving, as is Prescott.

Considering the award is given out for "commitment to philanthropy and community impact," I can't think of many more worthy players around the league than quarterback Dak Prescott. We can see this impact in the locker room and on the field as well, as Prescott was voted a captain in just his sophomore season. The Cowboys clearly respect Prescott, despite some of the flaws in his game, and seem to play hard beside him every week.

Congratulations to Dak Prescott on this nomination.



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