Orlando Scandrick

Orlando Scandrick To Visit Texans

In moving their roster down to 53 players, the Eagles released Orlando Scandrick this week. While it is still possible the parties reunite, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets the veteran cornerback will visit the Texans in the meantime.

Scandrick will trek to Houston on Monday. The Texans made major changes to their roster on Saturday, adding Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, Carlos Hyde and Barkevious Mingo to it — while also trading away Jadeveon Clowney. The Texans’ cornerback situation also changed this offseason.

Houston lost Kareem Jackson, Kevin Johnson and Tyrann Mathieu and added Bradley Roby, Tashaun Gipson and Jahleel Addae. They drafted Lonnie Johnson Jr. and Xavier Crawford in the second and sixth rounds, respectively, and also made a depth trade in acquiring Keion Crossen from the Patriots.

Scandrick has logged 11 NFL seasons, spending much of that time as a slot corner. He played in 15 games for the Chiefs last season, starting seven.

Eagles Cut CB Orlando Scandrick

The Eagles are cutting cornerback Orlando Scandrick (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). Scandrick, who spent years with the rival Cowboys, joined Philly earlier this summer.

At the time of signing, the back-half of the Eagles’ defense was badly banged up. Things have improved on that front, so the veteran’s services were no longer needed.

After playing the first ten years of his career with the Cowboys, Scandrick signed a two-year, $10MM deal with the Redskins last offseason. He didn’t even make it out of camp with them before he was released. Then, he was then scooped up by the Chiefs. He played out the year in Kansas City’s league-worst secondary, making seven starts.

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NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Morris, Giants, Eagles

After signing Alfred Morris earlier this week, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones admitted his club likely wouldn’t have brought in an established running back if Ezekiel Elliott were not holding out. “We were going to look at something no matter what but probably not as much,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Star Telegram. “Every time you are missing a guy you need to have a guy in here and it made sense for us to get a guy we were comfortable with.” Morris, who served as Elliott’s backup in 2016 and 2017, says he’s been given no assurances that he’ll stick on Dallas’ roster if/when Elliott returns to the team.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

North Notes: RGIII, Duke, Vikings

Ravens backup QB Robert Griffin III will miss four to eight weeks after suffering a hairline fracture in his right thumb Saturday night, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. Baltimore is optimistic that RGIII will be ready for Week 1, but if he cannot return on the early side of his recovery timeline, he will miss at least some regular season time. The Ravens will surely sign a free agent signal-caller in short order, as the only other QB on the roster behind starter Lamar Jackson is sixth-round rookie Trace McSorley. Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic says Josh Johnson, who has been on Baltimore’s preseason roster before, makes the most sense (Twitter link).

Now for more from the league’s north divisions:

  • Browns RB Duke Johnson suffered a hamstring injury Saturday, and ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports that the ailment could force Johnson to miss some time (Twitter link). That will not help the fifth-year back in his quest to get traded out of Cleveland.
  • The way that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin ran his field-goal drill Saturday — having incumbent Chris Boswell and challenger Matthew Wright alternate kicks rather than having Boswell take all of his tries before resetting the drill — is a departure from the way he has done things in the past, which suggests that Pittsburgh really is open to moving on from Boswell. Mark Kaboly of The Athletic still believes it’s more likely than not that Boswell will be kicking for the Steelers in 2019, but the pressure is definitely on.
  • Darren Wolfson of KSTP.com says that the Vikings have some interest in running back Theo Riddick, who was released by the Lions on Saturday (Twitter link). Minnesota does not have a visit set up at this time, though Riddick will meet with at least one other team in addition to his summit with the Saints.
  • Orlando Scandrick visited with the Vikings last week before signing with the Eagles, and Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets that Minnesota did not extend a contract offer to Scandrick. The Vikes have worked out several CBs recently, and when asked whether the club would ultimately sign one, head coach Mike Zimmer said that’s ultimately up to GM Rick Spielman. Zimmer said, “we’re always looking for players. We’ll keep pounding the pavement” (Twitter link via Tomasson).

Eagles To Sign Orlando Scandrick

The Eagles are adding some secondary depth. Philadelphia is signing veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick, a source told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network (Twitter link).

As Garafolo points out, the back-half of the Eagles’ defense is a bit banged up at the moment, so the move makes some sense. We hadn’t heard anything about Scandrick all offseason, and then suddenly his market started heating up. He worked out for the Vikings a few days ago, and we heard earlier this morning he was visiting Philly. The Eagles apparently liked what they saw enough to offer the 32-year-old a contract.

After playing the first ten years of his career with the Cowboys, Scandrick signed a two-year, $10MM deal with the Redskins last offseason. He didn’t even make it out of camp with them before he was released, and he was then scooped up by the Chiefs. He played out the year in Kansas City’s league-worst secondary, making seven starts.

Eagles corners Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby both haven’t been cleared to play yet, so Scandrick will get plenty of reps in camp for the time being. In an ideal world, he won’t have to play much once the regular season starts. Injuries have sapped most of Scandrick’s effectiveness, and he can’t be counted on to play a large role anymore.

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CB Orlando Scandrick To Visit Eagles

After working out for the Vikings earlier this week, cornerback Orlando Scandrick is now heading to Philly. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweets that the Eagles will be hosting the veteran on a visit today.

The Eagles are certainly familiar with the defensive back, as the veteran had a 10-year stint with the division-rival Cowboys. Scandrick inked a two-year, $10MM deal with the Redskins last offseason. However, the defensive back didn’t even make it through the preseason, and he was scooped up by the Chiefs after being released by Washington.

Scandrick ultimately appeared in 15 games (seven starts) for Kansas City, compiling 44 tackles, 13 passes defended, and an interception. While his counting stats were solid, the Chiefs secondary was not. Kansas City finished the season as one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, allowing 4,374 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Considering the 32-year-old’s drop in production, there’s a good chance that the Eagles would only be eyeing him for a depth role. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby haven’t been cleared to play, so Scandrick could at least provide a healthy body during the preseason.

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Vikings Work Out CB Orlando Scandrick

The Vikings are apparently sniffing around the veteran free agent market and looking into corners, as they worked out veteran Orlando Scandrick earlier today, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network (Twitter link).

We haven’t heard anything about Scandrick all offseason, but it seems like he could resurface soon. Pelissero notes that the Vikings are “keeping the door open for possibly signing Scandrick during camp.” Scandrick signed a two-year, $10MM deal with the Redskins last offseason, but didn’t even make it through the preseason with the team. Washington cut him in mid-August, and he was scooped up by the Chiefs.

Scandrick ended up appearing in 15 games for Kansas City, making seven starts. He finished the year with 44 tackles, 13 passes defended, and an interception. Before signing with the Redskins, Scandrick played the first ten seasons of his career with the Cowboys. He had some good years in Dallas, but had declined sharply due to multiple injuries by the end of his run there.

Simply put, there’s a reason he didn’t make it through camp with the Redskins. With Scandrick in tow, the Chiefs had one of the worst secondaries in the league. He’s 32 now, and probably doesn’t have much left in the tank. If the Vikings signed him, it would be as depth. This news comes on the heels of cornerback Holton Hill being suspended for eight games yesterday, so a signing wouldn’t be shocking.

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Extra Points: Bengals, Bucs, Browns, Chiefs, Broncos

Matt Barkley suffered a Grade 3 MCL sprain in Thursday night’s preseason game, which could end the veteran quarterback’s chance to serve as the Bengals‘ No. 2 signal-caller, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Barkley, whom Cincinnati inked to a two-year deal during the offseason, will likely be placed on injured reserve, although he could return later in the season. Given his lackluster play during the exhibition season, Barkley was likely going to lose out to Jeff Driskel in the Bengals’ backup quarterback battle even before injury luck intervened.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • The Buccaneers could make a waiver claim for a veteran backup offensive lineman over the weekend, but don’t expect them to orchestrate any trades, tweets Greg Auman of The Athletic. Starting left tackle Donovan Smith is expected to be sidelined for another one-to-three weeks after suffering a knee sprain earlier this month, so Tampa Bay could certainly aim to add bodies to its front five. However, offensive tackle depth is sparse league-wide, so it’s unclear if the Bucs will be able to find any competent options. At present, journeyman Michael Liedtke is set to fill in for Smith if the latter misses regular season action.
  • The Browns released linebacker Mychal Kendricks on Wednesday after he was shockingly charged with insider trading, but the 27-year-old had been performing so well in Cleveland that other clubs believed fellow ‘backer Jamie Collins was available via trade, according to Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com (Twitter link). Crucially, Breer does not indicate the Browns were shopping Collins or had any intention of moving him, but the mere fact that rival teams believed Collins could be had is notable. Cleveland sent a third-round pick to New England in exchange for Collins in 2016, and subsequently re-signed him to a four-year, $50MM contract the following year. Collins, who played in only six games last season before going on injured reserve with a torn MCL, will join Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert as Cleveland’s starting linebackers.
  • Orlando Scandrick‘s one-year deal with the Chiefs contains a base salary of $915K and includes up to $500K in per-game roster bonuses, reports Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Scandrick had already collected $1MM in guarantees from the Redskins, who signed the veteran defensive back in March before releasing him earlier this month. Now that Steven Nelson has returned to Chiefs practice, Scandrick is competing with David Amerson for Kansas City’s third corner role.
  • Broncos linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams will undergo season-ending surgery after suffering a torn ACL, per Mike Klis of 9News (Twitter link). Garcia-Williams appeared in 11 games for Denver last season after going undrafted out of Hawaii, but was primarily limited to special teams duty (he saw only 23 defensive snaps). Speculatively, Garcia-Williams’ injury could open the door for the Broncos to reunite with fellow linebacker Corey Nelson, who was released by the Eagles on Sunday.

NFC East Notes: Giants, Scandrick, Cowboys

The Giants expressed interest in cornerback Orlando Scandrick when he was released by the Redskins last week, but he landed with the Chiefs before New York could arrange a visit, tweets Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. New York is set at outside corner, where Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple will start, but could still use help at slot, which is where Scandrick has experienced the most success. At present, veterans William Gay and Leonard Johnson are the leading candidates to play inside for the Giants, but given their interest in Scandrick, it stands to reason Big Blue could consider further additions — either via the free agent or trade market, or through a waiver claim — in the coming weeks.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

  • Zack Martin went down on Saturday night during the Cowboys‘ second preseason game, but the news is expected to be positive for the All-Pro guard. Martin likely suffered a hyper-extended left knee, per Todd Archer of ESPN.com, who adds Martin is expected to undergo an MRI on Sunday. Speaking to reporters last night, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Martin’s knee issue was not expected to be “problematic,” according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. However, given his injury, Dallas could hold out Martin from game action until the regular season begins.
  • While Martin is likely to escape a serious injury, Cowboys safety Jameill Showers wasn’t so lucky. Showers is believed to have suffered a torn ACL, tweets Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, and will have an MRI on Sunday to confirm. After entering the league as a quarterback in 2015, Showers transferred to defensive back, and has spent much of the past three seasons on Dallas’ practice squad. While he was far from a roster lock, Showers’ injury will further deplete the Cowboys’ defensive depth.
  • The Cowboys need to add another receiver, opines Calvin Watkins of The Athletic (Twitter link). Dallas added free agent Allen Hurns and draft pick Michael Gallup to its receiving corps this offseason, but the position group as a whole hasn’t been overly impressive through two preseason games. While Watkins points to back-of-the-roster pass-catchers such as Noah Brown and Deonte Thompson as candidates for increased playing time, the Cowboys could conceivably look at free agents including Jeremy Maclin, Dontrelle Inman, or Brandon Coleman.

Chiefs Sign Orlando Scandrick

After meeting with him last Tuesday, the Chiefs have signed cornerback Orlando Scandrick, as the team officially announced this morning. ESPN’s Field Yates was the first to report (Twitter link) that Kansas City was set to sign Scandrick, and Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network tweets that it will be a one-year, $1.5MM deal for the veteran DB.

Scandrick, who spent the first 10 years of his professional career with the Cowboys after Dallas selected him in the fifth round of the 2008 draft, signed a two-year pact with the Redskins back in March. Washington, however, made the somewhat surprising move to cut Scandrick last week, putting him back on the open market.

Although Pro Football Focus painted Scandrick as one of the 15 worst qualified cornerbacks in the NFL in 2017 — and the advanced metrics have not been kind to him since 2014 — Redskins head coach Jay Gruden indicated that the Boise State product was not released because of poor performance during his brief time in Washington. Gruden said, “It has nothing to do with his play. It was really the emergence of the rookies and [we] wanted Orlando to latch on to another team.”

Financially, Scandrick’s release has not worked out well for him. His two-year deal with the Redskins was worth $7MM and could have climbed to $9-10MM if he had hit certain incentives, but he collected only his $1MM signing bonus with Washington before being let go and will earn just $1.5MM with Kansas City this year.

Nonetheless, Scandrick should see a fair amount of playing time. The Chiefs project to use newcomers Kendall Fuller and David Amerson as their top corners, but Scandrick will otherwise be battling for snaps with players like Steven Nelson and Will Redmond.

Kansas City was one of the clubs in the market for Bashaud Breeland, but the Scandrick acquisition likely means that Breeland will not be signing with the Chiefs.

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