The sixth overall selection in the 2012 draft, Claiborne was largely considered a disappointment entering this past year. However, he looked like a new player in 2016 and was performing surprisingly well until a sports hernia injury cut his season short in Week 8. If he picks up where he left off with the Jets -- but also prove he can stay healthy for a full 16 games -- Claiborne could cash in on a much larger deal next summer.
Claiborne is expected to sign with the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Claiborne was previously linked to the Ravens, who instead signed his former teammate and position mate, Brandon Carr. Following the February release of Darrelle Revis, the Jets have a glaring need at cornerback. A deal could be done at some point Thursday afternoon.
The Ravens are interested in signing Claiborne (ribs), CBS Sports reports.
The Ravens already upgraded their secondary, adding S Tony Jefferson on a four-year, $36 million contract to join S Eric Weddle and CB Jimmy Smith While plagued by injuries and inconsistency during his time in Dallas, the 27-year-old Claiborne would provide an upgrade at the starting cornerback position across from Smith. The No. 2 and 3 cornerback spots were an issue for Baltimore last season, at times giving opponents an easy way to attack an otherwise stellar defense. Claiborne's rib injury from the playoffs probably isn't a factor in negotiations. The bigger sticking point is likely money, with the cap-strapped Ravens seemingly unwilling/unable to meet Claiborne's current expectations. He might consider a one-year deal that would give him a chance to strike it big in free agency next season if he enjoys a strong 2017 campaign.
|P2||8/19/17||@ DET||7:30 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ NYG||7:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|14||12/10/17||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|