Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Could The Cowboys Be Looking To Trade CB Morris Claiborne?


Vikings fans should remember the name Morris Claiborne.

It wasn’t that long ago that it was the 2012 NFL Draft and many Minnesota fans were calling for the team to take LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with their #3 overall pick.  Instead, Minnesota traded down to #4 and picked up left tackle Matt Kalil while Claiborne ended up a Cowboy after Dallas traded up to #6 overall to get him.

Struggling for cap room, the Dallas Cowboys could look to unload their struggling cornerback for a low price according to an article on ESPN.com that explained why this move could happen.  The Cowboys are currently about 19 million over the salary cap and will need a big restructure from some key players and to release some players who are earning more than their contract is worth.  Claiborne is entering the third year of his backloaded four year deal and is currently set to be a cap hit of over 4.4 million dollars this season.  Although trading him won’t solve their problems, it will earn them a draft pick and free up cap space at the same time.

Here are his statistics over two years with the Cowboys:

  • Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown with Morris Claiborne (24) against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 36-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

    25 games played

  • 22 starts
  • 2 interceptions
  • 14 passes defended
  • 1 forced fumble
  • 3 fumble recoveries
  • 1 defensive touchdown
  • 67 tackles

The 24 year old cornerback underwent shoulder surgery this offseason and is currently healing from that procedure.  Earlier last season, Claiborne had a hamstring injury that caused him to miss six games.  It isn’t clear at this team whether or not the Cowboys are worried about his durability, but it could definitely hurt his value, along with his inconsistent play, if Dallas tries to trade him.

If the Cowboys do decide to put Claiborne on the trading block, should the Vikings be interested?  And what would the fair value be for a struggling cornerback on a team desperate to free up cap space?  Any way you look at it, the situation in Dallas will be interesting this offseason.

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  • Thomas Waitforit Buege

    Normally, I agree with you on issues and ideas but there are better CBs both in FA and the Draft no real need to trade a draft pick for a possible improved player when there are more guaranteed players out there. What we need is Griffen back, then get LB Jason Worilds and try to get a DT like Starks who is solid yet older and could be gotten for cheap. Then focus on getting CBs in the draft as well as QBs late

    • Ken Tomlin

      I agree, getting a CB in FA is the better option.

  • ggfb20

    I say one of our 4th round picks is worth kicking the tires on a player thought to be better than Patrick Peterson coming out of college. He is only 24, coming from the same system that had Terrance Newman looking washed up. Once Mike Zimmer got a hold of an older supposed washed up vet Newman appeared to resurrect his career. I believe Zimmer can do a much better job with Claiborne than he did with Newman. Besides Mc is the same age or perhaps a year older than any corner we would get with that 4th round pick anyway, and is less of a risk. Imagine him and X. Rhodes with Harrison and Jarris Byrd shutting down passing games across the league. Throw in A. Verner for good measure and the Vikings would have the best secondary in the NFL. They would also be able to get other players with their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and remaining 4th round picks. Pick 1 get QB, pick 2 get Dt, pick 3 get Lb, pick 4 get OG. Also sign Dquell Jackson at MLB. Get a speedy undersized wr with the 5th rd pick. That would surely make this team contenders and much younger while defense oriented.

    • Ken Tomlin

      We have 2 3rd picks, not 2 4th rd picks, but I think we get your point. While it does make sense on some levels, with the CBs set to hit FA this yr, I think it would be a better use of our resources to get someone like a Verner/Shields/Davis and save our pick. Zim would be able to get Clairborne right, but by trading for him, we lose the pick and have to pay out the $. Signing one of the FA CBs we keep the pick and only have to worry about the $.

  • seelbinder99

    i say stay away and stick to the draft. he might be all right but is to pricey, costing us cap money and draft pick. instead, I would hope that mack falls to us at 8. I think injuries and lack of pressure up front led the vikings to its horrible pass coverage. no CB can cover a WR for to long. 2nd i would try and snag the S loston, 3rd go with CB baptiste and QB mettenberger, 4th nab DT da quan jones or LB skov, 5th pick up WR archer or go o-line, 6th and 7th just find fillers. free agency would be prime time for the takings of DE griffen, DT joseph, CB verner, DE johnson… all great picks and i feel that we could get good rates on most. i also think we might get some lookers on trade potential for DE robinson and LB greenway, maybe even enough for a 3rd and 5th, then you could add LB skov for sure and also the beast DT mc cullers. WR simpson should come back along with CB cook, giving us some added depth. anyway it goes, with zimmer and turner, this should be at least an upgrade over normal viking play! i hope!!

  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    He’s totally worth spending the later 3rd on if we miss out on the big CB free agents because he’s still on a good rookie contract for two or three years. It’s not Claibourne’s fault that the Cowboys don’t have any pass rush to limit the play length. Carr is pretty good on the other side, so Claibourne’s side gets more targets.