Cowboys release Orlando Scandrick

The Dallas Cowboys have officially parted ways with 10-year veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

Scandrick, a 2008 fifth-round pick, was notified of his release Saturday as the team looks to move forward with its young core of defensive backs. The 31-year-old had two years left on his contract.

The Cowboys designated Scandrick a post-June 1 release which will give the team $3 million in salary cap space after June 1.

The 10-year veteran reportedly asked for his release from the team before free agency began this week.

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Scandrick’s best year came in 2013, when he recorded career-highs in both tackles (64) and pass defends (12). He also recorded two interceptions that season.

Despite his exploits in the Cowboys’ secondary for the past decade, Scandrick received little acclaim outside of Big D. A better cover corner and blitzer than a true playmaker, the veteran defender only has eight career interceptions. Scandrick was nominated to the All-Pro Second team in 2014.

Scandrick’s rising career in Dallas was cut short following a devastating knee injury, in which he tore both the ACL and MCL in his right knee. That injury robbed him of his entire 2015 season. Scandrick hasn’t appear to be the same player ever since, recording a disappointing 32 combined tackles and three pass defends in 11 games last year.

It became clear to Scandrick toward the end of last season that his value to the team was marginal, hence his request to be let go. As he dealt with a back and hand injuries, rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis occupied the outside cornerback positions, and safety Xavier Woods moved to the slot.  Also, for the 2018 season, the team plans to move Byron Jones from safety back to his natural position of cornerback.

Despite his injury history, Scandrick should have a healthy market for his services in 2018.

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