If Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is on the roster next season, he wants to be wearing a helmet, not a sweatshirt.
The Cowboys selected Scandrick in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He entered the season as their No. 1 cornerback, but he has missed the last three games with two transverse fracture in his back. However, rookie cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie have shined in his absence.
Scandrick will be entering his 11th NFL season in 2018, and the Cowboys may feel like 10 is enough. It appears that Scandrick would be fine with a release, and the only thing that would actually upset him is not getting on the field.
“(The rookies) They’re playing well together right now,” Scandrick said, via the Dallas Morning News’ Katie Hairopolous. “They’re going to continue to grow, they’re going to continue to get better, and I’m not at the point in my career where I’m willing to be an inactive guy.”
It sounds like what happened to New England Patriots outside linebacker James Harrison would make Scandrick very upset. Harrison re-signed with the Steelers during this past offseason, but has been on the inactives list for most of the regular season. He was released on Friday and signed by the Patriots on Wednesday.
At least Harrison is 39-years-old. Scandrick will be 31-years-old before the start of next season. If there is no more room for him in the Cowboys’ defensive backfield, there is surely a contender that can benefit from his skill-set.