Scandrick often served as the Cowboys' top cover corner in recent seasons, but on the Josh Norman-led Redskins the 31-year-old should return to a role similar to the one he had during his earlier days in Dallas when he regularly performed as one of the league's top slot corners. Scandrick could still get some reps outside in 2018, considering he's also been working with the starters in Washington's base defense. Quinton Dunbar has been playing outside in the nickel defense, allowing Scandrick to slide inside.
Jettisoned by the only organization he's ever known (the Cowboys) on Sunday, Scandrick found a new home in quick order. Due to his experience, the 10-year pro is the top candidate to work opposite Josh Norman in Washington's base defense in 2018. For his career, Scandrick has averaged 3.2 tackles per game while racking up 11.5 sacks, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles in 125 outings.
Scandrick reportedly asked the team to release him, perhaps believing that the use of three 2017 draft picks on cornerbacks could soon leave him without a significant role. He did start all 11 games he played last season, missing Week 2 with a fractured hand and Weeks 14-17 with a back injury. Assuming he's healthy or will be soon, the 31-year-old shouldn't have too much trouble finding another job, though he may end up settling for a depth role.
Scandrick likely feels he's being phased out in Dallas with the team having brought in so many young bodies at the position within the past year, namely 2017 draft picks Chidobe Awuzie (second round), Jourdan Lewis (third) and Xavier Woods (sixth). Furthermore, it's reported the team plans to move 2015 first-rounder Byron Jones over to corner as well. Scandrick is likely hoping the Cowboys inform him of his future with the team before free agency opens Wednesday. Dallas would save $1.4 million against the cap with his release.
The news isn't altogether surprising given Scandrick's recent injury troubles as well as youngsters Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie and Anthony Brown playing prominent roles in Dallas' secondary in 2017. The 31-year-old finished the season on injured reserve as he dealt with two separate fractures in his back, but he is still likely to latch on somewhere in need of a veteran cornerback, assuming the recovery process continues smoothly.
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