Back with his teammates at Valley Ranch, with the ink drying on a newly reworked deal that will keep him in blue and silver through 2019, Orlando Scandrick hopes he’ll be a Dallas Cowboy for life.
“I would like to think I'm going to be (a Cowboy) for life,” Scandrick said, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “It's going on eight years. It's now on me to take care of my end of the bargain and continue to be a productive player.”
Scandrick stayed away from the team through the first several weeks of their offseason program in hopes of revisiting his contract--a contract that had been reworked just two years ago, in 2013. He had been the best cornerback on the Cowboys’ roster in the two seasons since, but was set to make significantly less than both Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne this season.
As the team showed a willingness to work with him, though, Scandrick returned to North Texas a week ago and began working out with the team on Monday.
“I think this was a special circumstance,” Scandrick said of his contract situation. “Two years ago when I signed an extension it was essentially a pay cut. It's not normal you see guys take pay cuts in the prime of their career. A lot of people look at the overall numbers and think you signed a new deal and it was something I wanted to do to essentially stay with the team and have some stability. Looking back on it I don't know if it was the best decision, but now waking up here today it's all irrelevant and I've moved past it. I can't put into words how appreciative I am of the Jones family and the organization.”