The Dallas Cowboys have released 10-year veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick Garry Gilliam Jersey , another move toward getting younger in the secondary.
Scandrick had asked for a release that the Cowboys made official with Saturday’s move. The post-June 1 designation gives Dallas $3 million in salary cap space this season with a $1.6 million cap charge in 2019.
The 31-year-old Scandrick was a fifth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2008 and had eight interceptions in 125 games. He missed all of 2015 after tearing ligaments in his right knee late in training camp and struggled with injuries the past two seasons.
Dallas drafted cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in the second and third rounds last year. The Cowboys are moving 2015 first-round pick Byron Jones back to cornerback from safety and have other young defensive backs as well.
The New York Giants have signed offensive tackle Nate Solder and added former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kareem Martin.
The Giants announced the signings late Thursday night, more than a day after free-agency opened.
Sources close to the team had confirmed on Wednesday the agreement with Solder, the former New England Patriots left tackle. The signing of Martin, who spent his first four seasons in Arizona, is new and reunites him with defensive coordinator James Bettcher, who ran the Cardinals’ defense last season and was hired by new Giants coach Pat Shurmur.
Solder Ethan Pocic Jersey , who is considered the top free agent offensive lineman, is expected to be the foundation on a new O-line.
”We had such a great experience in New England, we love those people, they’ve taken great care of us,” said Solder, who signed a four-year contract worth $62 million. ”It was hard to leave; we had a lot of success there Tyeler Davison Jersey , and hopefully coming here that we’ll have the same.”
Solder has played in 98 regular-season games with 95 starts — 81 at left tackle, 11 at right tackle, and three as a tackle-eligible tight end.
”Nate has been a quality left tackle in this league since the day he entered,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. ”He’s physically matured and he’s become as good a run blocker as he is a pass blocker.”
Martin started 10 games this past season, and played in all 16. He had a career-best 23 tackles.
”With Bettch being the defensive coordinator, that played a big role in my decision Patrick Mahomes II Jersey ,” Martin said. ”After playing in that defense for the last four years, three with him being the D.C., I learned a lot and I was able to grow a lot. I wanted to continue that maturation in this defense under him, so that played a big role in my decision to come here.”
A third-round draft pick, Martin has played in 56 regular-season games with 14 starts. His totals include 46 tackles (35 solo) 4 1/2 sacks, one interception Nick Vannett Jersey , four passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and nine special teams tackles. He is also fast enough to cover tight ends.