Apr 27, 2012; Valley Ranch, TX, USA; From left Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and first round draft pick Morris Claiborne and owner Jerry Jones pose with a jersey at a press conference at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Dallas Cowboys could trade Morris Claiborne?


The Dallas Cowboys had high hopes when they drafted Morris Claiborne out of LSU a few years back, but the former first round pick has struggled in recent years.

The struggles (combined with injury) have become so bad, in fact, that the Dallas Cowboys may consider trading Claiborne. That’s the word from ESPN’s  Calvin Watkins who suggests the former Tiger may find himself on the trade block.

The bold move would result in the Cowboys trading Claiborne for maybe a third-round pick. NFL teams aren’t going to give up anything higher than that, considering Claiborne’s health issues and a lack of play-making ability in his first two seasons.

Claiborne has fallen to third on the Cowboys defensive back depth chart, though, we’ve seen players with worse starts to their career than Claiborne turn things around so trading the ‘bust’ may not prove to be the best situation for Dallas.

It’s very possible the Cowboys could shop the 24-year-old simply to see what type of offers he’d attract, but they’re likely to find nothing but low ball offers if such an attempt is made.

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  • Chesney Blair

    Bad move. Give him one more year.

  • Old Frog

    A first, second, and two years of experience for a third round pick. If that doesn’t say BUST I don’t know what does.

  • SmartThinking

    There’s been some interesting chatter recently about trying Claiborne at FS.

    I’d like Dallas to investigate this possibility before they settle on a #3, or worse, for trading him.

    • Scott.

      U think he could stay healthy enough sticking his nose in on almost every running play? He can’t stay healthy at corner which has minimal contact compared to safety. I guess it couldn’t hurt.

      • SmartThinking

        I’m not a Claiborne fan. I blame Jones for not paying more attention to his Wonderlick score before paying through the nose for him. But, I also want my money’s worth. Try him somewhere else before taking a #3 or #4 for him in what can only be a Fire Sale trade for Dallas plus yet another admission of defeat.

        • Old Frog

          Yeah. Maybe he could play WR.

          • ctcowboy1968

            Probably not smart enough to play WR. DBs are usually guys that can’t catch.

        • Scott.

          There’s risk in both scenerios. Another bad year and his worth on trade market goes from 3 or 4 to nothing. If he stays has another bad year then you have to live with him until he finishes his last year of contract or cut him.

      • jrcowboy49

        FS concentrates more on the pass unlike the SS which is in the box!

        • Scott.

          Fair enough, I guess if they improve their defensive line then the safety’s can concentrate on their job. Saw Jeff Heath and church all to often having to compensate for the def line and weak linebacker plus, minus lee.

          • Scott.

            Play

  • Johnny Football

    to think they still have Matt Johnson on the roster when he has done nothing for this team …hmm thinking he is the one that should go !

  • Scott.

    If they got a 3rd it would allow them 4 picks in first 3 rounds. Two dline picks, o guard and What the deem necessary with the 2nd 3rd pick. They can find a cheap free agent and do just as good as Claiborne did this year. If they don’t trade him this year they’ll get nothing for him especially if he has a 3rd straight bad year.

  • ctcowboy1968

    The third year is when a play has to show his worth and that he gets it. Give him this season. We spent to much on him to give up and get a third or fourth round pick.

  • Robert Scott

    Be Blessed Mo! Go Shreveport, La. I want to meet the Jones family his son looks really cool can’t wait. Jerry Jones is one of my favorite heroes.

  • Robert Scott

    Once again! I say try him at WR to see if he can make plays.

  • BradAustin

    Not gonna happen. Carr or Scandrick go down and there goes the secondary. The CB class in this draft is relatively weak. No to mention, the modern NFL and NF East often require 3 corners on the field very often. Beyond the top 3, Dallas is in a world of trouble at corner with Webb and Moore. These guys aren’t good enough to handle top 3 WR’s in a strong offense. Webb was lost and Moore was just good enough to handle a 4th option in nickel and dime. Claiborne had a fairly good rookie year, and then an injury-riddled 2nd year. Dallas won’t write the guy off already for a 3rd rounder. Guaranteed.