Last week, Orlando Scandrick temporarily ended his boycott of the offseason program and flew into Dallas to talk with the Cowboys about his contract situation.
Scandrick, who lives in Los Angeles, has easily been the best corner for the Cowboys over the last few years, but is set to make just $1.5 million in base salary this year. That’s a lot less than Brandon Carr ($8 million base) and Morris Claiborne ($2.6 million base) are set to make. The 28-year old Scandrick is signed through 2018 and he'll be making $3 million per year in 2016-2018.
Subsequent to his visit, the Cowboys let it be know that they are open to accommodating Orlando Scandrick’s contract request.
"Of course we stand strong about what a good player he is, how much we need him, how much he helps us and would like to get something satisfactorily worked out with him," owner Jerry Jones said. "The last time when he asked for the agreement he’s got now he came in and asked to look at the agreement and make a change and we did, so we’re talking about the one we changed for him last time."
"Hopefully we can get something worked out that can be in the best interest of the Cowboys and also accommodate what he needs to do," Jones said. "We didn’t get anything done, but we certainly are talking about it."
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas is reporting today that not only is Scandrick returning to Dallas to participate in offseason activities, but that expectations are for a new deal to be reached by the end of the week.
When the Cowboys get back to work on Monday, CB Orlando Scandrick will be at Valley Ranch with teammates with eye on new deal by end of week— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) May 17, 2015
What that new deal will look like remains to be seen, but it's got to be good news for the Cowboys to see one of their team leaders rejoin the team.
As rabblerousr pointed out in January, on defense, Scandrick is instrumental in setting the tone, at practice, in the locker room and during games. His fundamental grouchiness and unwillingness to be satisfied - as well as his considerable football intelligence - helped to instill an edge and an attitude that had previously been missing in Dallas: Last year's defense was feistier, more willing to battle and to mix it up, and they were perhaps mentally tougher than in previous years.
"In the past two years that locker room has changed," Dez Bryant said last week, and he means for the better. "There is something special in there."
Couple all of that with the special brand of feistiness Greg Hardy has brought to the table, along with a significant talent upgrade through the draft, and the Cowboys defense could go places this year.