Kansas City Chiefs sign CB Morris Claiborne to a one-year deal
The #Chiefs are giving CB Mo Claiborne a 1-year deal worth up to $1.5M, source said. He’ll be suspended the first four games of the season, which KC has known since they began negotiating with him. https://t.co/jWR36KsuR6
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 8, 2019
Although Claiborne will miss a quarter of the season, this still comes as a good pickup for Kansas City. The former Dallas Cowboy is coming off his best season yet, notching 14 passes defended and two interceptions. Staying healthy hasn’t been a concern for Claiborne over the last two years, as he’s only missed two games in that span of time.
The Chiefs have to be happy with this signing, as they’re in dire need of help at cornerback. Their best corner in 2018, Steven Nelson, departed for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their current top three corners are Bashaud Breeland, Charvarius Ward, and Kendall Fuller.
Breeland played for Green Bay last year, and was decent, but nothing special. Ward played somewhat frequently last year, and was picked on by opposing quarterbacks. Fuller is probably the most talented corner of the three, but he operates primarily in the slot. Claiborne will come in as the best outside corner on the team, and should start immediately for Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. After Week 4, the starting trio should be Claiborne, Breeland, and Fuller. These three would make for one of the more underrated units in the NFL.
The Chiefs are obviously a major contender in the AFC, and this signing only strengthens their case. An offense led by Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill can keep pace with anyone, and a well-rounded defensive unit has the chance to help push Kansas City to Miami come February.