Morris Claiborne is a stud. We all know it; we knew it even before he was drafted by the Cowboys in the 2012 NFL draft. His talents are freak like and he has all the makings of the next great NFL cornerback. So excuse me when I gasp after I open my laptop and check my Cowboys feed to find that there is concern about his contract.
Typically, rookies, especially first round picks, have this threat of holding out because of money. Typically, I don’t care. I really don’t, the reason these guys play the game is to make a living… I get that. However, this one is different to me. Claiborne was drafted knowing full well what his arrival meant to this club and he has the responsibility of being out there.
The Cowboys are in the middle of revamping a porous pass defense that saw many Cowboys victories slip through their weak coverage’s. Jerry Jones knew this and did all he could to manufacture a full make over of the position. Adding Brandon Carr, arguably the best cornerback on the free agent market for retail and manufacturing a trade for the only blue-chip cornerback in the draft. The point is that the future is looking up for this young and impressive Cowboys defense but its key future playmaker hasn’t seen a down of live action on the field to this point because of injury. Now you want to tell me that they can’t figure out some language about his contract so he might not be signed in time for camp?
The Cowboys had dreams of being 4 cornerbacks deep with immense talent. This dream has turned into a nightmare, Mike Jenkins will miss the start of camp and is already considered a candidate for the PUP list come the start of the season. Claiborne has only book knowledge of this incredibly complex defense and until he’s able to apply it practically he’ll be no more useful than Alan Ball was last year. There is coaching to be done, team chemistry to be built, and technique to master and this particular rookie, at the most difficult position in football, needs to be out there learning to be a professional football player.
Let me end by saying this… I’m a strong believer in Morris Claiborne. I was upset when he was drafted because I thought it was an expensive cost. However, I do not deny his elite ability. He has been brought up to be the next great Cowboy and he has the potential to help make a substantial impact in what could be a very special season. We need him on the field because Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick aren’t enough. He needs to earn the star so he can become one.