Dallas Cowboys: Top 10 Offseason Trades in the 21st Century

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 07: Center Travis Frederick
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ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 22: Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El
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9. Orlando Scandrick Draft Trade (2008 NFL Draft)

Cowboys received

143rd overall pick (Orlando Scandrick)

Jaguars received

155th overall pick (Thomas Williams)

213th overall pick (Chauncey Washington)

In 2008, the Cowboys were all over the place in the trade market. During the 2008 NFL Draft alone, they made eight trades. Most of these trades did not produce top talent, but one deal involving a 5th round pick gave Dallas an effective defensive back for 10 seasons.

After trading away 2008’s first, fifth, and seventh-round picks to move up three spots, the Cowboys were not finished making deals. An alright deal, when you consider that the Cowboys already had spare fifth and seventh round picks.

The Dallas Cowboys proceeded to give away those exact two picks in exchange for the Jaguars 5th round pick. With this pick, they selected Boise State defensive back Orlando Scandrick.

Scandrick immediately found himself in a solid role with the Cowboys. He played in every game his first three seasons and registered two interceptions in that span.

2013 was Scandrick’s best season with Dallas. He grabbed two interceptions while recording a career-high 64 tackles, including two sacks.

His career was later mired with injuries. Scandrick missed the entire 2015 season with an injured ACL and MCL.

After a sub-par 2017 season, Scandrick voiced complaints and requested to be released. He was granted release in March 2018.

Many fans were upset to see him go, but his name will be forever edged into Dallas Cowboys lore.