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Kansas City Chiefs sign CB Morris Claiborne to a one-year deal

Morris Claiborne, Chiefs

Former New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne has found a new home. Claiborne signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, despite having to serve a four-game suspension in 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.