Newsday’s Calvin Watkins reports free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne might have a lot of interest if he hits the market.
A least 8-10 teams will be in play for Morris Claiborne according to a source. If he hits open market no guarantee he will return to Jets.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) March 1, 2018
Claiborne signed a one year deal with the Jets last offseason after spending the first five years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. It was an up and down season for Claiborne in green and white. The highs tended to come in the first half of the season, while the lows came in the second half as he struggled with injury and inconsistency.
At the end of the day, Claiborne is a player who has yet to put together one single complete quality NFL season. I am not against Claiborne returning, but only on the condition that it is a small commitment for the Jets. By that I mean in terms of both years and salary. This isn’t a player good enough to get into a bidding war to keep. That actually goes for a lot of Jets free agents. The Jets shouldn’t be going above and beyond to try to keep the core of a 5-11 football team together.
Of course, this report might be a tad exaggerated. It certainly would make sense for Claiborne’s agents to tell a story like this to make it seem like he is in demand. The goal might be to try and get the Jets to offer a big contract to prevent Claiborne from hitting the market.