Cowboys Sign Claiborne

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a four-year deal with first-round pick Morris Claiborne for $16.26 million, sources said Monday.

The cornerback is en route to Dallas and will be able to practice Wednesday at Valley Ranch when pre-training camp workouts begin.

ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt explained the offset issue in a recent "Football Today" podcast.

"Teams want language in the contract, these are fully guaranteed contracts, saying that if they cut the player at some point and he signs with another team, they offset their guarantee," Brandt said. "So they cut a player, he signs for a million dollars somewhere, that million comes off what they owe."

On draft night, the Cowboys made the bold move to get Claiborne by sending their first- (No. 14 overall) and second-round picks to St. Louis to land the top-rated defensive player on their draft board. However, Claiborne was unable to practice all offseason while recovering from surgery to repair ligaments in his wrist.

Cleared medically, Claiborne will practice Wednesday when rookies, first-year players, quarterbacks and selective veterans report for camp. The first full-squad workout in Oxnard, Calif., takes place July 30.

In 33 games at LSU, Claiborne intercepted 11 passes and knocked down 12 others. Six of his interceptions came in 2011, when he was named a first-team All-American and winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to college football's best defensive back.

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