Minnesota is looking to shore up its defense, and it’s working out some veterans in hopes of finding a match.
The Vikings are working out free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne alongside other seasoned secondary talents, according to an NFL Network report. The 29-year-old veteran recorded career highs of 57 tackles and two interceptions in 15 games for the Jets last season. He was selected by the Cowboys with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but hasn’t quite lived up to the lofty expectations set for him.
Nevertheless, Claiborne could help solidify Minnesota’s young group.
The #Vikings continue to kick the tires on veteran CBs, working out Mo Claiborne today, sources say. No CB crisis in Minnesota, even with Mike Hughes on PUP and Holton Hill suspended. Just examining options as camp kicks off in earnest.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 26, 2019
The Vikings are simply understaffed when it comes to defensive backs. Second-year cornerback Mike Hughes was placed on the PUP list Friday and is looking to bounce back from an ACL tear he suffered last season. Holton Hill has been suspended for the first eight games of 2019 after violating multiple league policies in recent months.
Minnesota gave up the third-fewest passing yards (3,140) in the league last year and had a formidable defensive line. But that will be difficult to replicate without depth.
The Vikings finished last season 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs.