Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has been granted his request to be released by the Cowboys, ESPN.com reports.

The move will free up about $3 million in salary cap space for Dallas this season, to be applied June 1, although Scandrick will count $1.6 million against the team’s cap in 2019, according to the report.

It became clear to Scandrick toward the end of last season that his value to the team was marginal, hence his request to be let go. As he dealt with a back and hand injuries, rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis occupied the outside cornerback positions, and safety Xavier Woods moved to the slot. Also, for the 2018 season, the team plans to move Byron Jones from safety back to his natural position of cornerback.

Maybe the Chiefs think they’ve found the next Johnson in Hitchens, who tallied 84 tackles in 12 games for the Cowboys last season. They better hope so, because Hitchens is now tied for the fifth-highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL (in average annual value). Nigel Bradham, who got $8 million per year to return to Philadelphia, is the better player.

It’s safe to say Malcolm Butler’s market wasn’t hurt considerably by the drama of the Super Bowl. He’ll earn over $12 million per year from the Titans.

Jerick McKinnon might be a perfect gadget running back for Kyle Shanahan’s innovative and creative offense, but he’s now one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL, having signed a deal with the 49ers worth $7.5 million per year.??

The four years and $30 million figures were initially shocking for McKinnon, who has never rushed for more than 600 yards in a season. But a closer look at the deal reveals a far less risky contract for the 49ers.?

It’s essentially a one-year deal, with teams options after 2018. The 49ers are paying McKinnon a lot of money up front, but the team isn’t locked into payments after next season.?patriots_305

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