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Is Dallas Cowboys former 1st round pick Morris Claiborne a bust

Morris Claiborne, who has been out since Nov. 24 with hamstring injuries, continued to be sidelined, which leads me to my next question. Did the Dallas Cowboys drop the ball on Morris Claiborne?

One of the biggest knocks on Morris Claiborne was that he isn’t physical enough for the NFL. The other knock on him was that he didn’t possess the elite straight line speed needed to stay with the top wideouts in the NFL. This was one of the main reasons he took a back seat to Patrick Peterson while at LSU.

Jerry Jones already had to restructure Morris Claibornes’ contract to get under the salary cap for 2013. The original contract was for $16,264, 502. By restructuring they turned $10,268,728 in to signing bonus: Morris Claiborne receives an average salary of $4,066,126. All $16,264,502 of the contract is guaranteed! For 2013, Morris Claiborne goes $3,696,478 against the cap and there is $13,307,320 in dead money out there.

In his career Claiborne has 79 total tackles, one forced fumble and two interceptions. Is that what you expected your first round pick, who you traded up to get? I would not call him a bust yet, but he definitely needs to step up his game, ASAP.

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