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Free-agent CB Mo Claiborne suspended 4 games

Mo Claiborne

The NFL has suspended free agent cornerback Mo Claiborne four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Claiborne, 29, last played for the New York Jets in 2017 and 2018. He appeared in 30 games across the two seasons for Gang Green, recording three interceptions, 100 combined tackles, and three tackles for loss.

Before his two-year stint with the Jets, Claiborne was a mainstay of the Dallas Cowboys’ secondary. The Cowboys had selected the LSU standout in 2012 with the sixth pick in the draft. Claiborne played three seasons with LSU, earning the 2011 Jim Thorpe Award for best DB and a spot on the All-SEC team.

Claiborne’s five-year tenure with Dallas nearly ended in 2014 with a patella tendon tear. The 5-foot-11 corner re-signed with the franchise in 2016 before injuring his groin, thus giving Claiborne five games worth of competition that season. He signed a one-year contract with the Jets in the next offseason and another one in 2018. New York did not re-sign Claiborne in the spring. He was one of several players in the Jets’ secondary who received criticism due to poor performance in recent years.

Claiborne has largely been ignored in 2019 NFL free agency due to the league-wide awareness of this looming suspension, now revealed to be a four-game penalty.

Claiborne has seven career interceptions and 251 combined tackles in his seven-year NFL career. It’s uncertain whether an NFL franchise will sign the suspended player who has made two comebacks with various injuries in his professional career.