Owner Jerry Jones and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys front office anticipated this move coming, which is why free-agent corner Trumaine Johnson is currently a target for the team. 

After mulling over the prospect of releasing or trying to search for a viable trade partner for long-tenured Cowboy DB Orlando Scandrick, it looks like he'll push the issue on making a departure from the organization.

Keeping the ninth-year veteran, who has been with the team since 2008 would not have made much of a financial difference heading into 2018. Scandrick was due for a cap hit that was a little north of $5 million, but his dead cap accounted for $3.8. 

A release only frees up $1.4 million, but the Boys are looking to go in a different direction, rolling out last season's rookies, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis to likely take over starting duties. The hope is to sign a veteran presence to add more depth, with Malcolm Butler also in the crosshairs.

 A change of scenery will benefit the 31-year-old, who only appeared in 11 games last season and battled with injuries throughout the year.