The first-round draft pick in 2011 had a poor season in part because of hamstring injuries that kept him out of six games and in part because of a lack of technique. The Cowboys traded up to get Claiborne with the sixth overall pick and said he was their highest-graded defensive back since Deion Sanders.
He just hasn’t played like it.
To me, it’s too early to give up on him, but he will have to earn his starting spot with the way Orlando Scandrick played in 2013.
Calvin was also ready to move on from Miles Austin, Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher. Spencer and Hatcher will be free agents, and Spencer is coming back from knee surgery. Hatcher had his best season statistically but he should command more money than the Cowboys want to pay a soon-to-be 32-year-old.
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