The Washington Redskins hosted former Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick to a deal today. Apparently, the visit went well. He’ll be a Redskin in 2018.
The Washington Redskins had an apparent need for depth at cornerback coming into the offseason of 2018. Following the team’s jettisoning of Kendall Fuller to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Alex Smith, that need was magnified.
In the past week, the team expressed interest in both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Orlando Scandrick. Cromartie spent the 2017 season on the Giants, serving as a slot cornerback, while Scandrick, a veteran as well, provided depth for the Cowboys.
The Washington Redskins hosted Cromartie first, but after a deal couldn’t be reached between the two sides, they opted for former Cowboys’ cornerback Orlando Scandrick instead. Per Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth up to $10 million over two years.
It’s hard to look at this deal and feel any kind of optimism. Scandrick has experience in the slot, but he’s more injury prone than Rodgers-Cromartie, and his deal seems rather inflated. A maximum annual value of $5 million is too much for a cornerback such as Scandrick, at his current career juncture. Scandrick is not a starter anymore.
The Washington Redskins had approximately $21 million in cap space before this deal, and with $6.5 million required to be set aside for future rookies, the Washington Redskins still have around $14.5 to work with.
The Washington Redskins could sign Johnathan Hankins to a three-year, $24 million deal with that money, but they would be dangerously close to the boundary, on the verge of having to clear some cap space to create a little breathing room for future contracts.
Scandrick serves a purpose for the Washington Redskins, but one could argue the demand for him was low enough around the league that the Redskins didn’t need to pay what they did. That has been a trademark for the Washington Redskins over the last few years, however. They overpay players they shouldn’t, and they lowball players they need.
Out of this new batch of visits, the only player the Washington Redskins truly needed was Johnathan Hankins. And if they walk away from this without him, then this move can only be described as a failure. Stay with us here at Riggo’s Rag, as we’ll continue to provide you with timely updates on free agency.