Claiborne is trying to show off his work ethic during minicamp in order to ensure he will have a roster spot, which will give him the chance to prove himself come Sundays.
"I'm trying to make the team," Claiborne said. "That's how I look at this whole thing right now, I'm trying to make this team."
Claiborne has been dealing with lingering knee injuries since suffering a season-ending injury during the fourth game of last season and might not be ready for the start of this year.
All three have been limited during the offseason because of various aliments. Free dealt with a foot injury last season and Claiborne was bothered by a torn patellar tendon. Meanwhile, McClain is recovering from knee surgery in the offseason.
Claiborne is coming off a rough season in which he struggled to recover from a torn patellar tendon, as he only appeared in four games. He also missed six games last year because of a hamstring issue.
If the Cowboys had picked up the option, they would have been on the hook for more than $11 million in 2016.
Claiborne was the Cowboys' first-round pick in the 2012 draft. The team has until Sunday to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option to keep Claiborne with the team through 2016.
The source said that Claiborne was "not a priority" for the team, as it prepares for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Claiborne will make $2.6 million this year, in the final season of his four-year rookie contract.
"Mo has created a problematic situation for us," Jones said to the Dallas Morning News. "Mo didn’t create it, but his circumstances are problematic for us as we approach what we’re doing in the off-season at that position."
Claiborne suffered a torn patellar tendon in his left knee last September and the team is "hopeful" he will be ready for training camp.
Claiborne has played just 29 games of a possible 48 in his three-year career, totaling 88 tackles with three interceptions.
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