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Report: Suspended Ex-Cowboys, Jets CB Morris Claiborne Agrees to Chiefs Contract

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2019

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04:  Morris Claiborne #21 of the New York Jets in action against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Free-agent cornerback Morris Claiborne, who received a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, has reportedly reached an agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year, $1.5 million contract. 

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the financial details. Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports noted Claiborne is traveling to Kansas City on Thursday night and will have a physical exam Friday.

Claiborne spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets after five years with the Dallas Cowboys, who selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft.

The 29-year-old LSU product tallied 57 total tackles, 14 passes defended and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, in 15 appearances for the Jets in 2018.

His 49 passes defended since his rookie season are tied for 55th over that span, per Pro Football Reference.

Matt Verderame @MattVerderame

Claiborne continues a trend of Brett Veach’s: the #Chiefs buy into former first-round picks with the belief their coaching staff can bring out the best in them. It’s a smart strategy

Claiborne should become an immediate candidate for playing time in nickel and dime packages after his suspension ends. He could even push for a starting job with a strong start to his K.C. tenure at an unsettled position for the Chiefs.

Bashaud Breeland, Kendall Fuller, Charvarius Ward and D'Montre Wade are among the corners who've been fighting for superiority on the depth chart during training camp.

The Chiefs open the preseason Saturday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. It's unclear whether Claiborne will be available for that contest.

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