The Ravens are offering free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne roughly $5MM per year, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. At present, it’s unclear how many years Baltimore is proposing on a potential contract.
Claiborne was first linked to the Ravens last week, while a subsequent report indicated most clubs believe Claiborne will eventually end up in Baltimore. Claiborne would join Jimmy Smith in the Ravens’ starting lineup, allowing second-year pro Tavon Young to remain in the slot. Baltimore’s secondary also contains Kyle Arrington, Maurice Canady, and Sheldon Price, while Lardarius Webb — who is now a safety but can still play in the slot — may be re-signed after being cut loose last week.
Claiborne, 26, transformed himself from a former draft bust to a legitimate top corner in his fifth NFL season, ranking as Pro Football Focus 12th-best corner last year year. Re-signed to a one-year deal worth only $3MM in 2016, Claiborne played in seven and posted one interception. Injuries forced Claiborne to miss more than half of the regular season, though he did return for the postseason.
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