ARLINGTON– Orlando Scandrick has mentioned sevreral times during this training camp that everyone knows this is the final year of his contract.
Not any more.
The Cowboys made it clear that they consider Scandrick part of their future when they agreed to a 5-year, $26 million extension with the cornerback. The contract includes a guarantee of slightly more than $10 million.
Scandrick is in the final year of a rookie contract that pays him a base salary of $555,000.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been effusive in his praise for Scandrick during this camp. He calls the former fifth round pick a special player and one of the smartest guys on the team.
Scandrick is invaluable as the Cowboys nickel cornerback. But he has seen his role expand in this camp as starters Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins have been sidelined with injuries. He has started at cornerback in both pre-season games and then moved inside on the nickel as needed.
The added responsibilities haven’t been a burden. Scandrick has consistently been one of the better players in this camp.
He was rewarded tonight a few hours before the players took the field at Cowboys Stadium for the Silver and Blue debut.