Sign Morris Claiborne
One of the most rumored and linked players to the Buccaneers this offseason has been veteran cornerback Morris Claiborne. The former first round and top ten pick of the Dallas Cowboys has spent time with the New York Jets as well over the past two seasons.
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This means that Claiborne has spent the last two years starting under new defensive coordinator of the Buccaneers Todd Bowles while he was the head coach of the Jets. Should Bowles give his stamp of approval on Claiborne, then there is no reason why he could not become a Buc; he has been rumored to have already been offered a deal by the Buccaneers, but turned it down as the money was not right.
The Buccaneers now have more money than their original offer, which was rumored to be right around the veteran minimum, and could sweeten the pot a bit for Claiborne in order to entice him to come to Tampa Bay. This would give the Buccaneers the flexibility to slowly allow their rookie defensive backs in Sean Murphy-Bunting, Jamel Dean, and Mike Edwards to adjust to the NFL.
Claiborne is still on the market, and the Buccaneers lack a veteran presence in their secondary. Signing Claiborne would give the Buccaneers a vet who knows Bowles’ system to come in and start right away.