The Washington Redskins released cornerback Orlando Scandrick on Tuesday, approximately five months after signing him to a two-year contract.
Scandrick, who received a $1 million signing bonus in March, was expected to add a veteran presence opposite fellow cornerback Josh Norman. Fourth-round pick Quinton Dunbar and second-year player Fabian Moreau likely will slide in beside Norman for the Redskins.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden detailed what went into the decision to part ways with Scandrick on Tuesday.
"A couple things really, you know when we initially signed Orlando we had just lost Kendall (Fuller), and it was before the draft," Gruden said. "We drafted (Greg) Stroman and obviously we got Adonis (Alexander), and I think the emergence of Danny Johnson, Fabian Moreau at nickel. We wanted to get these guys reps at nickel and Dunbar at corner and move on. So, give Orlando ample time to get on a team before the season started."
Gruden reiterated later on Tuesday that Scandrick's release "had nothing to do with his play, it was more of the rookies' emergence."
The NFL Network reported that Scandrick already was drawing interest from other clubs and he was en route to Kansas City to meet with the Chiefs on Wednesday.
Scandrick spent his first nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before requesting his release prior to the start of free agency.
The 31-year-old Scandrick played 11 games during the 2017 season, all as a starter, but back injuries limited his playing time.
Scandrick has been a starter for the Cowboys since 2013, although he missed the 2015 season with a knee injury.
He has recorded 406 tackles, 11.5 sacks and eight interceptions in 125 career contests (69 starts) since being selected by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.