Dallas Cowboys parted ways with Orlando Scandrick. They have tried to find a trade partner in order to get something for him, but no suitors were willing to swap players nor picks to attain Scandrick. But as soon as he was granted a release by America’s Team, he found a new home.
Orlando changed the team but not the division. On Monday he signed a two-year deal with Washington Redskins worth $10 million. In the US Capital, he will fight for his place on the roster opposite of their star CB Josh Norman. Redskins’ first choice for a new cornerback was Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but his demands were too high for Redskins to match.
Washington franchise wanted a veteran player at the position. They believe that with depth and fight for places they will get the best out of their last year’s third-round pick Fabian Moreau. This player played 58 snaps during 2017. Another man who competes for the position of outside cornerback is Quinton Dunbar. Scandrick will, thanks to his versatility, probably play both on the outside and inside vs. a slot receiver when the situation requires it.
In recent years Orlando Scandrick had some injury issues. The most notable one is a knee injury in 2015 due to which he missed that entire season. Last year he had some back problems. All of this combined with Cowboys upcoming young secondary meant that there was no longer place for Scandrick in Big D. Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Xavier Woods proved last season that they have what it takes to elevate America’s Team to the next level.
Scandrick was a fifth-round selection in 2008. Since then he was able to outplay many higher rated players than him during his 10-year tenure with Cowboys. Most notably he proved to be a much better player than that year’s first-round selection Mike Jenkins. During his first five years in the league, he played as a slot corner, becoming one of the best interior defenders in the league. From 2013 onward he became a starter.
Orlando appeared in 125 games for Cowboys and recorded 406 tackles, 63 passes defended, 8 forced fumbles, 8 interceptions, and 1 touchdown.