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Orlando Scandrick of Dallas Cowboys requests release - Todd Archer, ESPN.com
Scandrick's desire to move on from the Cowboys' isn't a surprise but it doesn't mean his release is the right move for the Cowboys.

At the end of last season, Scandrick thought his time with the Cowboys was coming to an end; the team was using rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis at outside cornerback and safety Xavier Woods in the slot as Scandrick dealt with a back injury. The Cowboys also intend to move Byron Jones back to cornerback in 2018 after he started the past two seasons at safety.

Scandrick, 31, is signed through 2019 with base salaries of $3 million and $4 million. If the Cowboys release or trade him, they would save $1.4 million against the salary cap.

Orlando Scandrick is in his 10th NFL season - Clarence Hill, Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Hill also weighs in on the Scandrick situation.

Veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick confirmed to the Star Telegram that he has requested his release from the Dallas Cowboys.

Scandrick, 31, wants a new start with a new team after 10 years with the Cowboys.

This is no surprise. Scandrick has felt the Cowboys were moving on from him since the end of the 2017 season.

And while the Cowboys seemingly have the pieces to move on at the position _ with the development of rookie cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie in 2017, the presence of veteran Anthony Brown and the team’s plan to move safety Byron Jones to cornerback in 2018 _ they have made no final decisions on Scandrick’s future.

Why Is DeMarcus Lawrence so under-appreciated by his own fanbase? – Bob Sturm, The Athletic

The Sturminator provides yet another must-read, this time breaking down why Demarcus Lawrence is worth everything his franchise tag salary pays him (and also bemoans the habit of Cowboys’ fans dismissing their own).

This is why it isn't hard to find strong Cowboys fans who take constant shots at the very best Cowboys for not winning trophies. Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Jason Witten. Nobody is safe. They all take their turns as being the piñatas of the moment.

It has been this way as long as I have written about this team. Of course, Tony Romo was blamed for not being Troy Aikman or Roger Staubach. Maybe my favorite is DeMarcus Ware. To this day, you can walk into a room with ten Cowboys fans and find three or four who are convinced that he wasn't anything great. I am serious. I have spent more columns than you can imagine over the years arguing with diehards about whether all of his sacks were meaningless and stat-padding.

But we aren't here to talk about any of them today. We are on to the next one. The next player who has been rightfully paid because he has proven himself at the highest level of his sport. Demarcus Lawrence has been given the franchise tag. In my estimation, he has earned his 2018 annual income of over $17 million by being one of the biggest defensive monsters the NFL had to offer in 2017. Soon, he will likely sign a much bigger deal that offers both sides some incentives and gets him under contract for 4-5 years, but for now, we will table the question of the extension for now.

Why David Irving is going to be motivated by whatever tender he's given by the Cowboys - Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDay

Kate updates us on the state of David Irving and what’s likely to happen next.

Cowboys officials have said they want Irving back, though they haven't revealed the tender level for the 6-7 mismatch. But as long as long as it's the expected first-round or second-round tender, any competing team would have to give up a corresponding draft pick for Irving if the Cowboys didn't match the offer sheet.

A first-round tender would pay Irving $4.19 million in 2018, a second-round tender $2.91 million. Even though his chance for a major payday is probably a year away, both salaries represent a significant jump for Irving because of how he entered the NFL.

Are Cowboys Prepared To Lose ‘Absolutely Dominant’ David Irving? - Mike Fisher, CowboysHQ

Longtime Cowboys watcher Mike Fisher gives his thoughts on Irving (hint: he’s a big supporter).

Says Irving's agent, Louis Bing: "He's going to be absolutely dominant next season, no matter what situation he's in. He's still just 24 and hasn't even come close to reaching his potential.''

The "goofiness'' concerns aren't my concerns, mind you; I'm a fan of David Irving the player and, more importantly, of David Irving the person. I've had conversations with him about the pain he felt having to miss last summer's Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton as he instead remained in Oxnard, barely able to watch the game on TV. I've had conversations with him about his love for his precious daughter, Zoe, and his desire to provide for her. And I've had conversations with him about the missteps in his life that caused him to be booted from the team at Iowa State, which led to him going undrafted, which led to him being on the Chiefs practice squad until Cowboys scouting boss Will McClay and staff scooped him up in 2015, all of which is why, even after three years in the NFL, he's under the contractual thumb of his employer.

The method to the Cowboys' madness when it comes to free agency - Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDay

Hairopolous prepares Cowboys’ fans for the inevitable lack of excitement that will come Wednesday when free agency season kicks off.

It's NFL free-agency season again, generally another maddening time of year for Cowboys fans. Dallas' team builders have made a habit of unabashedly sitting on their hands instead of signing expensive new players, wary of overpaying.

While developing the roster through the budget-friendly draft and retaining their own players makes sense, the Cowboys' overall approach could use a jolt. They admittedly whiffed on the limited free-agent moves they made a year ago. Dallas must take advantage of every path to improve. The Philadelphia Eagles built a Super Bowl winner by shrewdly utilizing the whole shebang: the draft, trades and free agency, too. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admits the NFC East rival's world championship raised the bar for Dallas.

Writer’s Wish List: Former First-Round Picks Among 8 Potential Free Agents - Staff, DallasCowboys.com

At the mothership the staff draw up their free agent wish list. David Hellman seems to like linebacker Derrick Johnson.

Derrick Johnson – Another really sensible signing. Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler and a one-time All-Pro, and he’s also a Texas guy – he grew up in Waco and played for Texas in college. The obvious caveat is that he’s a 13-year veteran who recently turned 35. Still, Johnson looks like a guy with gas in the tank. He played 15 games for Kansas City last year, collecting 71 total tackles. In my mind, this represents a perfect insurance signing. Johnson could spell both Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, as insurance if either guy is bothered by injuries. He also gives the front office some breathing room in their efforts to draft a linebacker.

These two cornerbacks could be worth the Cowboys’ first round pick – Kevin Turner, The Athletic
Turner looks at Mike Hughes, from Central Florida and, well....likes what he sees.

From the earliest stages of my 2018 NFL Draft preparation, one of my favorite players in this draft class has always been Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes. I remember one night in the middle of January like it was yesterday: while watching tape with The Athletic’s very own Jeff Cavanaugh and DallasCowboys.com analyst Bryan Broaddus, it was my turn to call out a player to watch. “Mike Hughes, cornerback, Central Florida”, I announced with little-to-no confidence. None of us had seen Hughes yet, so we would all get our first look at a player we'd fall in love with immediately. I think you will share our affection. Prepare your heartstrings, we've got another player to track for pick #19.

Free Agent Tracker: Keeping Up With Cowboys Moves As Signing Period Nears | Dallas Cowboys
Finally, if you want to keep up with the status of Cowboys' free agents the mothership has you covered with their tracker tool:

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