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Report: Redskins cut former Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick

The former Cowboy is no longer on the Redskins

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Orlando Scandrick was expected to play a key role for the Redskins. Jay Gruden had talked about the former Cowboy DB starting at boundary corner then moving inside in nickle coverage.

No details about the reasons for his release has been published yet, but doubtless Jay Gruden will face questions when he talks to the press ahead of this morning’s final training camp practice in Richmond.

According to John Keim’s initial report, “The move signals two things: They have confidence in second year Fabian Moreau to cover in the slot and in Quinton Dunbar to start opposite Norman. Also, they’ve been pleased with rookies Greg Stroman and Danny Johnson.” This could be a good sign for the Redskins young defensive backfield, and may signal growing confidence from coaches and front office staff.

Salary cap implications

Based on information published on OverTheCap, the Redskins will have a dead cap charge of $1m for the signing bonus Scandrick received, but the team will lighten the salary cap burden by more than $5.8m for the two years of Scandrick’s contract.

Signing Cowboy veterans

It has felt like an annual tradition in recent years for the Redskins to sign former Cowboys — especially those who were aging and had a history of injury. Perhaps the worst signing in recent times was Jason Hatcher, who played only two seasons of his 3-year contract, and didn’t play particularly well.

Scandrick was signed in an effort to provide some insurance at the CB position when the team traded Kendall Fuller to the Cheifs and allowed Bashaud Breeland to leave in free agency.

Many fans have been critical of the parade of Cowboys. They will doubtless be happy to see Scandrick gone, but are likely to be equally critical of the decision to pay a $1m bonus to a player who ultimately only lasted to the end of training camp.

The move gives Scandrick an opportunity to catch on with another team, and means that the Redskins will be relying on a lot of rookies to provide cornerback depth.

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