Cowboys cornerbacks Carr, Claiborne leave for Ravens and Jets

Published on Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:42 - Written by

The Dallas Cowboys have lost free agent cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr, according to reports by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Carr is joining the Baltimore Ravens with Claiborne expected to sign with the New York Jets.

Carr has agreed to a one-year deal with series of options to make it a four-year deal worth $24 million, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Carr, who went a stretch of 36 straight games without an interception before picking off Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the 2016 season opener, is coming off his best season, finishing with nine pass deflections, a quarterback pressure, a tackle for loss and 61 tackles with Dallas.

He had six interceptions and two touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Cowboys after signing a five-year, $50 million deal as a free agent in 2012.

A fifth-round pick in 2008 by the Chiefs, Carr has started and played in every game of his career (144 and counting). He turns 31 on May 19, but he's been able to stay relatively injury free.

Claiborne, who turned 27 in February, was off to the best start of his career in 2016 after re-signing with the team on a one-year deal, but he suffered a groin injury against the Eagles, which sidelined him for nine games. He returned for the playoffs, where he suffered a hip injury in the loss to the Packers.

For the season, he finished with 26 tackles, an interception, a fumble return and five pass deflections in seven games.

Claiborne and Carr will be the third and fourth defensive backs to leave the Dallas Cowboys this offseason when the deal is completed. Dallas lost two other members of its secondary last week when safeties Barry Church (Jaguars) and J.J. Wilcox (Buccaneers) signed elsewhere.