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Cowboys Release Veteran Cornerback Orlando Scandrick

The Cowboys have released veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick according to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.

The move was expected after Scandrick asked to be released last week. The team had announced they planned to either trade or release him in late February-and announcement that, needless to say, erased any trade leverage the Cowboys might have had and made the release inevitable. Originally a fifth-round pick out of Boise State in 2008, Scandrick has spent his entire nine-year NFL career in Dallas but his play clearly fell off in 2017. Scandrick graded out as one of the worst starters in the league before a back injury landed him on injured reserve in December.

The move is not a big boon for the Cowboys financially as the team saved just $1.4 million in salary while leaving $3.9 million in dead money. The Cowboys are considering moving Byron Jones back to corner in 2018. As for the 31-year-old Scandrick, he will likely find work quickly but his days as a starting corner in the league are numbered.

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