The Cowboys are living up to their promise to revamp their defense during the NFL Draft. Does that mean cornerback Orlando Scandrick is out the door?
After selecting three defensive players in the draft Thursday and Friday, NFL Media reported the Cowboys were shopping Scandrick, a nine-year veteran.
Team owner Jerry Jones was quick to shoot down the trade rumors on Friday, saying the report did not come from anyone inside the organization and that Scandrick is a big part of the team's plans.
Jerry Jones on Orlando Scandrick: "He did not hear that from anybody associated with the Cowboys. We have no intention at all."— Brandon George (@DMN_George) April 29, 2017
Is Jones just creating a smokescreen while actually attempting to trade Scandrick, who is responsible for just over $5 million against the cap the next two seasons?
Dallas took Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton in the first round, then picked up a pair of corners in Colorado's Chidobe Awuzie and Michigan's Jourdan Lewis on Friday.
Scandrick, 30, is by far the most experienced corner on the team, as Awuzie, Lewis and 2016 sixth-rounder Anthony Brown have a year of experience or less. It wouldn't seem wise to trade Scandrick now but rather wait before the final year of his contract when the team can get out of the deal for just $1.6 million in dead money while creating $4 million in cap space, according to CBS Sports.