The Dallas Cowboys had three main issues to address at cornerback following the 2015 draft. They needed to settle things with Orlando Scandrick and his contract, they need to figure out the fate of Brandon Carr and his contract, and they need to monitor the progress of Morris Claiborne's injury. The first of those is out of the way. The Cowboys added one year and $9.5 million to Scandrick's contract. This actually turned out to be a good deal for the Cowboys and gave Scandrick some guaranteed money. The Cowboys didn't have to extend Scandrick, but when your best corner is unhappy and is underpaid, you want to rectify that problem. The Cowboys did and Scandrick's contract is still a better deal for Dallas than some contracts that were handed out in free agency.
It will be a while before the Cowboys can really get a grasp on Morris Claiborne's injury and progress. By all accounts he is doing well, but the real test will be at training camp. Next up on the Cowboys cornerback calendar has to be Brandon Carr's inflated contract. One of the last inflated free agent contracts the Cowboys did, it's now time to address his $12.7 million salary cap hit. The Cowboys have hinted strongly that they will ask Carr to take a pay cut. If he refuses, they can accept it or they can release him. If they do, they can take the hit this year or split it over two years as a June 1 designate.
So can the Cowboys really release Carr? They probably won't know until camp how far along Claiborne truly is, so if they cut Carr they will have to either sign a veteran corner or they must believe in the reserves on the roster. Signing a veteran corner is a tough proposition. The best guy left on the market is probably Tarell Brown, former 49er and Raider. If they turn to their own roster, Scadnrick and Byron Jones will likely start, with Corey White as the likely candidate they'll need if Claiborne can't really go to start the season.
The Cowboys claimed White on waivers from the Saints this offseason. He started for the Saints for part of the season, but lost his starting spot and eventually his job. What kind of player is White? A couple of opinions:
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Question: What can you tell us about this CB Corey White?
Jon Machota: No problem. He was more of a reserve type player during his time in New Orleans, however, he did start nine games last season. He has position flex at corner and safety. He’s 6-1, 205 and just turned 25. He had his best statistical season in 2014, finishing with 53 tackles, six pass breakups, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble.
Dallas claimed Corey White off waivers in March, after he was released by the Saints. The former fifth-round pick has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and he's set to make $1.5 million in 2015. White's best play has come from the slot, which could make him valuable if Scandrick shifts to the outside more often this season.
There is also Tyler Patmon who has showed some promise.
Given these options BTB, what would you do? Take the poll and hit up the comments.