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Morris Claiborne May Not Have Contract Signed Prior To Training Camp

The Dallas Cowboys may not see their No. 6 overall pick on the field when training camp begins on July 25. According to Morris Claiborne's agent Bus Cook, he is not sure if a contract wil be signed by then:

"I have no idea, don't know," Cook said about Claiborne's availability for training camp from a contractual standpoint. "I don't know. We'll see."

Getting a rookie signed is not as difficult as it was in the past since there is a new rookie pay scale, and in this case Claiborne is not holding out for more money. The issue is believed to be about language in the contract regarding what the Cowboys would owe Claiborne if he is cut in the future, and then joins another team.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones would not comment specifically on Claiborne's deal, but he did mention back during mini camps that contract language revolving around who is owed what is making it difficult to get picks signed:

"That's probably what is holding everybody up, because the money is the money," he said. "I think everyone wants to be consistent at the end of the day. I think that is what is holding everything up, see what is going to be the flavor of the day."

Claiborne is not alone in being an unsigned top draft pick, so far only two of the top-10 have signed a deal.

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