New York Jets: Morris Claiborne is Boom or Bust Signing

The New York Jets recently signed cornerback Morris Claiborne of the Dallas Cowboys. Will this be a good signing for the Jets?

After cutting plenty of veteran players, the New York Jets were going to be a different looking team in 2017. After the disappointing 2016 season, the Jets are going into a rebuild.

With a good amount of cap space, the Jets made an attempt to sign linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Hightower was one of the best defensive players available, but the Jets were going up against him returning to the defending champions.

The defense was one of many issues for the Jets in 2016, and Hightower would have been an excellent addition. One of the problems for the Jets last season was their poor secondary. The quick decline of Darrelle Revis really hurt the Jets, as they lacked talent behind him in the secondary.

Revis was one of the players to be released this season, but his departure created another void to fill for the Jets. Recently, it has been reported that the Jets have signed cornerback Morris Claiborne of the Dallas Cowboys.

Claiborne was the 6th overall pick by Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Draft. Despite being a high pick, Claiborne really struggled for the Cowboys until last season. According to Pro Football Focus, Claiborne received a grade below 50 for three straight seasons prior to 2016.

Even though it looked like Claiborne was a bust, he was able to play well last season. Even though he was graded very poorly over the past few season, Claiborne received a great grade of 84.7 from PFF.

Among cornerbacks, Claiborne was ranked 12th in the entire NFL last season, as he really excelled in coverage. Unfortunately, Claiborne was only able to play in seven games for the Cowboys due to an injury.

Claiborne has some good upside for the Jets, but there is a lot of bust possibilities there. Hopefully, Claiborne can stay healthy, but that has been an issue for him throughout his career. The signing of Claiborne is similar to that of Kelvin Beachum on the offensive side of the ball. They both have the potential to be very good signings for the Jets, but there is certainly a lot of uncertainty.