|Morris Claiborne signed a four-year, $16.26 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday. (James D. Smith/Associated Press)|
Claiborne signed a four-year, $16.26 million deal with the Cowboys, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network on Monday. No "offset" language is included in the contract, which has a fifth-year option.
With Mike Jenkins also arriving to training camp on time, the Cowboys finally will have the deep cornerback group that they envisioned. Claiborne reportedly was fully cleared for practice and will be ready to compete for a starting job on Day 1.
Claiborne figures to start opposite big free-agent signing Brandon Carr, assuming that August goes as planned for the rookie. Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick will battle for the reserve spots.
UPDATE: Claiborne tweeted later Monday about officially joining the Cowboys.
THANK YOU GOD!! I am officially a Dallas Cowboy! Now I can get some sleep tonight and get to work in the a.m. #CowboysNationâ Morris Claiborne (@MoClaiborne) July 23, 2012