6 free-agent cornerbacks the Vikings could sign in 2020

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Aqib Talib
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Aqib Talib /
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(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) Morris Claiborne
(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) Morris Claiborne /

Morris Claiborne

The Vikings have sniffed around Morris Claiborne before and maybe this offseason, they will finally bring him in.

Claiborne is mostly known for being a bust as the sixth overall pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Draft. He has ties to the Vikings as many draft pundits thought Minnesota would take him.

Ultimately that didn’t happen though and the Vikings went with former USC left tackle Matt Kalil instead. Minnesota has more recent ties to Claiborne though as they had him in for a free-agent visit back in July of 2019. So clearly there is some interest there from the Vikings.

Claiborne isn’t a physically imposing corner, standing at just 5-foot-11 and weighing in at 192 pounds. He can stick to his man like glue though and he once had the speed to stay stride-for-stride with his receiver.

While the talent is there, Claiborne has just never been able to put it all together for long stretches of time. His overall stats aren’t overly impressive as he’s racked up 265 tackles, seven interceptions, and 49 pass breakups.

If Minnesota were to sign Claiborne this offseason, it would most likely be to have some veteran depth at the position. He can give advice and guidance to young players like Mike Hughes, Holton Hill, and Kris Boyd. If he was forced into duty, he would be a viable option for a game or two.