The Ravens have been heavily linked to Cowboys free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne over the past week. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports recently reported that many around the league believe the corner will land in Baltimore. Now, La Canfora reports the money that the Ravens are offering to Claiborne.
“Cornerback Morris Claiborne is still trying to get as close to the $7.5 million the Bears shockingly gave to Prince Amukamara,” La Canfora writes, “but having a hard time getting it. Heard the Ravens are around $5 million per year and that could be where the veteran is headed.”
Based on La Canfora’s report, the biggest reason why a deal has not been completed between the Ravens and Claiborne seems to be cost. Claiborne is asking for more than the Ravens will be willing to give. Claiborne has had a small market this offseason, so the Ravens may have leverage in negotiations, and hopefully will be able to get the cost down. However, with the recent trade of Jeremy Zuttah, the Ravens have more cap room to work with if need be.
Landing Claiborne would be huge for the Ravens who are looking to find a starting option opposite Jimmy Smith. Claiborne was having an excellent 2016 season before suffering an injury. If Claiborne can maintain his play from last year as well as stay healthy, the Ravens could boast one of the best secondaries in the NFL. Stay tuned to Baltimore Beatdown for more updates regarding Claiborne.