Orlando Scandrick may have gone from a boy to a man in a Dallas uniform, but his tenure may have finally reached the end of the road. Scandrick, who has found himself on bended knee on multiple occasions over the last several seasons due to various ailments, will be placed on injured reserve before the team’s final game of the 2017 regular season, per ESPN’s Todd Archer. Scandrick will miss the Week 17 contest against Philadelphia.
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A few weeks ago, Scandrick suffered two broken transverse processes in his back, and has been unable to return since. With the Cowboys out of the playoff hunt, there’s no reason not to completely shut him down for the year. While it’s hard to say goodbye to yesterday, there is a strong chance the former Boise State Bronco could have laced them up with the Cowboys for the last time.
Originally drafted as a slot corner, he improved his technique and worked his way to a role where he was a boundary corner in the base defense before shifting back inside on nickel and dime downs.
Dallas retooled their secondary in the 2017 draft, including two players who excel in the slot in Jourdan Lewis and Xavier Woods. 2016 sixth-round pick Anthony Brown is also suited for the inside, making the veteran’s presence with the team duplicitous.
Scandrick has two years remaining on his contract. He is set to count $5.281 million against the cap in 2018. $3 million of that is base salary, which will go away if he is released or traded. If he is removed from the roster, $1.6 million of prorated signing bonus allocation will accelerate to the 2018 cap, meaning the total savings from moving on from him would net Dallas $1.4 million in cap space.
That could be increased if Dallas designates him as a June 1 release, meaning that $1.6 million would stay on the 2019 cap and there would be $3 million of additional room on the 2018 cap.