Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) wears a shoulder harness while he talks with quarterback Tony Romo (9) after the game 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

Is It Time For The Cowboys To Trade Morris Claiborne?


Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a pass while defended by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) during the first quarter of the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

It hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since the Dallas Cowboys traded up in the 2012 NFL Draft to get the highest rated cornerback in his class, LSU’s Morris Claiborne.  And in that time, the player that Dallas scouts graded as the highest-rated corner since Deion Sanders, has done next to nothing to prove he was worth the sacrifice made by the Cowboys to obtain him.

Dallas traded with the St. Louis Rams in order to make the Claiborne trade work back in 2012. The Cowboys got the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and the Rams got the 14th overall pick and Dallas’ second round pick that year (45th overall). St. Louis drafted defensive tackle Michael Brockers with their newly obtained first round pick. They then traded their second round pick from Dallas to the Chicago Bears, who then drafted Pro Bowl wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. As for Brockers, he is now the cornerstone of an elite defensive line in St. Louis.

In his two seasons as a Cowboy, Claiborne has recorded 81 tackles, 13 pass defends and two interceptions. The ball-hawking, athletic playmaker from Louisiana has been anything but in Dallas. In fact, after a mediocre rookie campaign (blamed mostly on some early injuries), Claiborne’s play declined even more in his sophomore season. So much so that he lost his starting role to veteran corner Orlando Scandrick mid-season, ending the year starting in just seven games in 2013.

Again, injuries have play a big part in Claiborne’s struggles. He missed six games due to a hamstring injury in 2013. And Mo had both shoulder and hand surgery last month to clear up some lingering injuries that plagued him all season. The dislocated shoulder injury definitely played a part in Claiborne’s ineffectiveness last year.

In fact, Claiborne has yet to complete a full offseason training program due to injuries. When he was drafted, Claiborne was recovering from wrist surgery. Already behind due to this injury, Mo then suffered an MCL sprain during training camp putting him even further behind. And for a player who allegedly scored a “four” out of fifty on his Wonderlic I.Q. test, losing training time could be devastating.

Despite playing 15 games in 2012, Claiborne struggled with an ankle injury and suffered a concussion during his rookie campaign. Last year, Claiborne bulked up to prepare for the new Monte Kiffin defense, but ended up suffering another knee injury that had him sitting out most of training camp.

The term “bust” is starting to get associated with Claiborne, which can not sit well with the third year player. Many believe this is a “make or break” season for Mo. Now, rumors are floating around the blog-o-sphere that Dallas may even be considering trading the former first round pick. And what are they allegedly looking for in return? A third-round pick in the upcoming underclassmen-heavy draft. But Dallas isn’t known for giving up on players, quite the opposite in fact. (just look at wideout Miles Austin.) So, I’m not sure how valid this possible trade news actually is.

Here’s the poll question for today: Have you given up on Morris Claiborne? And would you trade him for a third round pick? Leave your vote below and feel free to explain your answer in our comment section.

But before you vote, please play this song in the background and stare closely at the photo below.

Aug 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the bench during the second half against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Old Frog

    I think Claiborne has demonstrated the risk of trading up for a DB in the draft rather than sign a proven commodity – not that Carr has been a super star but I think JJ’s strategy was sound if not his player selection. What I’m saying in a round-a-bout way is I hope they don’t waste a high pick on a Safety this year.

    • aprado

      I think they both did better in ryans system than kiffin. I got one am glad he is gone, well sort of. Hope miranelli plays to the strengths of his players and doesn’t try to make players something they aren’t I.e. zone corners.

  • SmartThinking

    It’s not time to trade off Claiborne for next to nothing in return. He deserves a good talking to. Then, he deserves one more chance to prove his worth. Those of you who say waiting another year to trade him will only diminish his value further forget that there’s really not much a #3 or #4 in return is going to do to help Dallas. It’ll only be worse if the trade is an even lower draft choice.

    Suck all the value from him you can before you give him away for what amounts to next to nothing. If he still can’t pull his weight, whatever draft pick(s) we get in return will be a blessing.

    • aprado

      With our recent history of drafting, don’t think it’s a good idea. you have to factor the fact of no offseasons, and the switching of schemes isn’t a good one for a young player. Kiffin wasn’t paying to the strengths of the players, rather playing his scheme and adjusting the players to his scheme. I personally believe you play to your players strengths. Seattle plays allot of man in there 4-3. They did allot better in ryans system than kiffind.
      I Think you keep him after giving him some what of a stable system to adjust to and finally learn thoroughly.

      • Earl Robertson

        One thing for sure he is as dumb as dirt that is a given, but have to keep him for one more year. I think he will be better if Rod can teach him something

        • RR

          Yeah, he’s dumb, but thankfully CB probably requires the least brainpower of any postion (except kickers).

  • Robert Scott

    I love this team and the Jones family! No don’t trade Mo he needs more time to develop. Go Shreveport, La.

  • Robert Scott

    U can trade Miles Austin for a more psychical receiver to go with Dez Bryant and others. 6″5′ 250 will be the ideal target..

    • ctcowboy1968

      Is this a joke? No team is going to trade for Miles for two reasons. One, the size of his contract. Two, they know is going to be released so they don’t need to trade for him. 6’5″ and 250 is a TE.

  • Juanito Juanito

    He is done of course, he is not a good fit for tampa 2, plus a team with no pass rush, a team with a 3-4 and press corners could trade for him

  • ctcowboy1968

    Need to give him a third year. See if the lights go on. Hope that the system is a lot more man to man coverage which is our CBs strength. Don’t make players be something they are not.