Report: Cowboys sign Claiborne to 4-year deal

BY foxsports • July 23, 2012

It seemed obvious throughout the offseason that Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne didn't want to miss a single day of training camp.
 
Unable to participate in organized team activities and mini-camp because he was rehabilitating from surgery on his left wrist, Claiborne was determined not to fall any farther behind.
 
On Monday, Claiborne reportedly took the next step to reporting on time. The Cowboys and the sixth overall pick in April's NFL Draft agreed to a four-year contract worth just under $16.5 million, according to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News.
 
The contract is fully guaranteed and includes no offset language, which had been a key factor in delaying the deal between the Cowboys and Claiborne's agent Bus Cook.
 
The signing bonus is $10.3 million and there's an option for a fifth season, according to George.
 
Claiborne has been medically cleared to return to practice and is expected to be in attendance when rookies and some veterans report to the team's Valley Ranch practice facility on Wednesday.
 
The LSU product was widely regarded as the top available defensive player in the draft. The Cowboys, who needed to upgrade a poor secondary from a year ago, traded their first (14th overall) and second-round picks to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the sixth overall selection.
 
Claiborne is projected to start at right corner, opposite of Brandon Carr, whom the Cowboys signed to a five-year, $50.1 million contract in March.

 
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