Chiefs agree to terms with Morris Claiborne

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Cornerback Morris Claiborne spent a long time on the market as a free agent, but he’s found a spot for the 2019 season.

Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports that Claiborne is flying to Kansas City on Thursday night after agreeing to terms on a contract with the Chiefs. He’ll take a physical and then, assuming all goes well, formally sign a contract with the team.

Claiborne, who started 30 games for the Jets over the last two seasons, will be able to start practicing with the Chiefs right away and he can play in their preseason games, but he won’t be able to help the defense at the start of the regular season. Claiborne has been suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, so others will have to man the cornerback spots until he’s eligible to get on the field.

The Chiefs have Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland at the top of their cornerback depth chart. Charvarius Ward, D'Montre Wade, Herb Miller and sixth-round pick Rashad Fenton are behind them.

9 responses to “Chiefs agree to terms with Morris Claiborne

  1. I thought he was older than he is. Interesting pickup in an area of need for the Chiefs, although I’ve never paid much attention to the player to know whether he really lived up to that draft pick.

  2. The Chefs weren’t interested until he got suspended, at that point they knew his off the field issues would be a welcome addition to their culture.

  3. When newly acquired AAF alumni Keith Reaser went down with a torn achillies, the team was definitely in the market for additional help in the secondary. Claiborne is a former college teammate of Tyrann Mathieu, it only makes sense. He’s back there with somebody he can look out for and gel with quickly. Heady move by the front office.

  4. Claiborne finally figured out a way to stay pretty healthy the past two years, and had a solid (yet unspectacular season) last year with the Jets. He couldn’t stay healthy when he was with Dallas, but had he stayed, it would have been interesting to see how Kris Richard would have elevated his play.

    Claiborne should be able to make the team, and if he can stay healthy, he should be a solid addition to KC’s mostly weak secondary. It is extremely fortunate for KC that they have Mahomes who can put a lot of points on the board. They are going to need it.

  5. Still a little surprised KC didn’t address their CB over the offseason. Unless Sutton was just that bad at placing guys in position to succeed they still have a couple holes at CB. But Mathieu will help and if Thornhill can just be a bit above average they’re already better than last year.

  6. Not much to get excited about here. He has 7 INT’s in 7 years. Sadly, he is STILL an upgrade for them at CB.

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