Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones does not like to admit when he makes a mistake. When you are the owner of the most well-known franchise in the NFL and make all of the personnel decisions, every move is going to be scrutinized. Especially when your team has been a letdown for years now. The latest controversy is no different. After the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft found out that he had been demoted and benched in favor of a player just returning from an overturned suspension, he walked out of the team’s practice facility and skipped the remainder of a walk-through. With that being said, could the Cowboys look to trade Morris Claiborne?
That may be difficult, given that Jones himself just told the world that Claiborne has been a disappointment, at least up to this point.
“Is he what we had hoped for at this point when we drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “But he’s going to be a good player.”
Jones is right. As of today, the move looked like a total reach that is not paying off for the Cowboys. Even Claiborne admitted that he has not been playing well, going as far as saying that he “stunk it up” in a comeback win against the St. Louis Rams last Sunday.
“I’m ready to go learn from this tape and get better from it,” Claiborne said, according to Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas. “Like I told the DBs, no matter what the outcome is, I can’t go out and play like that. If we want to be the No. 1 defense in the league, on my end, I can’t go out like that.”
Claiborne already lost his job to Scandrick last season. In all likelihood, had he not been suspended to start the 2014 NFL season, Scandrick would have once again earned the starting job over Claiborne. Now, the Cowboys could decide to fine or even suspend Claiborne, depending on how quickly this current matter is resolved. If not, they could look to trade him to a team who thinks that they could turn around his fortunes and watch him blossom into the player the Cowboys thought they were getting when they moved up to draft him in 2012.