Cowboys sign first round pick Claiborne

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have officially signed their entire draft class, finishing with first-round pick Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne inked his four-year deal on Monday, just in time to participate in this week's start to training camp. The Cowboys have a club option for a fifth season if they desire.

The deal is worth $16.4 million, including a $10.3 million signing bonus. All of the deal is fully guaranteed.

"I'm definitely excited. I'm glad to get it behind me," Claiborne said. "Now I can put all my focus on football. I didn't want to miss any time. I've missed a lot of time already. I'm ready to get started. Everything is ready to roll." 

There is no offset language in the contract, meaning if the Cowboys were to cut Claiborne before the fourth season, they would still be obligated to pay the rest of his guaranteed money, while the cornerback would also be able to collect additional money if he signed with another team. Offset language would only force the original team to pay the difference of the two contracts.

Claiborne is expected to start right away on the right side, opposite free-agent addition Brandon Carr.


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