Rejoice, Cowboys fans! The team has made a move in free agency.
Sadly, no, Dallas hasn’t signed anyone yet. But, the team has granted the request of Orlando Scandrick and released the 10-year pro.
Scandrick cited his discontent with taking a backseat role to the young defensive backs on the roster like Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie along with the prospect of moving Byron Jones back to cornerback from safety.
The 31-year old cornerback played in the first 11 games of the season in 2017 before a back injury ended his season early. During those 11 games, Scandrick logged 32 tackles and no interceptions. Over his nine seasons with the team, Scandrick had only eight interceptions.
The writing seemed to have been on the wall over the past few seasons as rumors of trading or cutting the cornerback have surfaced. As for his play on the field, the production has dipped since his best season in 2013, which brought two interceptions and 13 pass defenses.
By cutting Scandrick, the Cowboys save $1.4 million towards the salary cap. The front office attempted to trade Scandrick after he requested to be released but Dallas was unable to find a suitor.
To where Scandrick goes from here? He may not be falling too far from the tree as he has a meeting with the Washington Redskins sometime today. I’d like to think the Dallas receivers would welcome two meetings against Scandrick next season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2018
As for the Dallas secondary going forward, I think it’s safe to say that Cowboys fans welcome the release of Scandrick and the prospect of seeing more of Lewis and Awuzie on the field. Good riddance, Orlando.
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