Morris Claiborne could have pursued a long-term contract with the Jets this offseason. But, he wanted to prove himself for his next contract instead. He bet on himself.
Claiborne inked a one-year, $7 million deal rather than a watered down multiyear contract.
"I'd rather bet on myself than anything," Claiborne told Darryl Slater of NJ Advanced Media. "I feel good about it. I've just got to go out and play how I see it in my mind right now -- me dominating. I've just got to go do that, and the rest will take care of itself."
Claiborne started 15 games last season as the Jets' no. 1 corner. This year, with the addition of Trumaine Johnson, Claiborne will shoulder less responsibility in the Jets secondary. He's excited about the idea of playing with Johnson.
"We're going to be pretty good," Claiborne said. "I feel like when you've got us two as corners, you can open up the defense a little bit more. You can blitz a little bit more, because I feel like you've got guys out there who can stand up and cover."
Claiborne, following in Jamal Adams' footsteps, is confident in the secondary's ability.
"I feel like we can go as far as we allow ourselves to go," Claiborne said of the Jets' secondary. "I feel like we have all the pieces to the puzzle."