Veteran cornerback cut prior to preseason game against Jets
Orlando Scandrick has been cut by the Washington Redskins. This was first reported by the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Scandrick is a former 5th round pick in the 2008 draft out of Boise State.
This comes as a surprise as it was anticipated that Scandrick would be the starting slot corner. Scandrick would then eventually give way to Fabian Moreau once he had more seasoning.
Scandrick signed a 2-year deal worth up to $10 million back in March of this year with a $1 million guaranteed. The opportunity presented itself to the Redskins when Orlando asked Dallas for his release. The need to go out and sign Scandrick was necessary due to trading breakout slot corner Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs as a part of the Alex Smith deal.
The 31-year old will now hits free agency at a time when teams will be looking to upgrade their secondary prior to cut down day on September 1st. It will be interesting to see which team decides to take a chance on him this late in camp. Orlando is an aging cornerback with an injury history.
With Scandrick out, who’s left?
This move by the Redskins has me believing that they have confidence in Quinton Dunbar and Moreau in the slot. We will most likely get more of a look Thursday night at these two projected starters.
The coaching staff has been impressed by the progress 7th-round pick Greg Stroman has shown. Another name to watch is Danny Johnson. He has shown flashes of play making ability in both the secondary and special teams.
Adonis Alexander, their supplemental draft pick, is another player to keep an eye on. He is not expected to start, but he will add depth to the secondary. You traditionally do not take a rookie in the supplemental draft unless you believe he is ready to contribute in some capacity.
The Redskins play their first home preseason game against the Jets Thursday night on ESPN.