Orlando Scandrick has done a lot for the Dallas Cowboys.
Underestimated from day one due to being the other cornerback drafted in 2008, Scandrick has had to work and fight for everything he’s gotten.
He’s risen to the ranks in the Cowboys secondary, having his most successful season in 2014 when the team won 12 games and a playoff game.
Since then things have been, well weird. Scandrick tore his ACL and MCL before the 2015 season began, and he almost got back to that 2014 form last season before 2017 handed him a litany of injuries.
Recently, when the Cowboys were in Atlanta, Scandrick was seen by the FOX cameras having a heated discussion with head coach Jason Garrett. It was explained as nothing dramatic at all, just all part of the game of football.
“Me and Coach Garrett was not going at it,” Scandrick said. “Me and Coach Garrett was having a passionate conversation and he just listened and I told him that we need to finish games.
The writing has somewhat been on the wall for Scandrick’s departure as early as next season. Dallas drafted young secondary players in Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Xavier Woods, and Marquez White. It was actually during the draft that they reportedly even tried to trade away Scandrick himself (Jerry Jones would deny this).
Scandrick hasn’t played a game for the Cowboys since their November 30th win at home against the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football. This Wednesday night though, Scandrick did make an appearance of sorts on social media.
Scandrick took to his Instagram story with a photo of him walking through the bowels of AT&T Stadium with the caption “Nothin last forever” and an X underneath it. Scandrick confirms that the X is for the Roman numeral 10. Not coincidentally, one would imagine, this is his 10th season with Dallas and in the NFL.
To be fair, this could have nothing to do with the Cowboys. Maybe Scandrick finally got around to finishing season two of Stranger Things or ate the last slice of pecan pie leftover from Christmas. Or maybe he’s referencing his time in the league in general is starting to come to a close. Or maybe he was referring to his time with the Cowboys.
Orlando Scandrick has never been shy about his feelings since joining the Cowboys in 2008. Posting an ambiguous photo that could be interpreted to say his days in Dallas are over is well within his wheelhouse.
Whether Scandrick was or was not sending a message remains to be seen. The Cowboys travel to Philadelphia this week before their season officially ends, and that’s when the team will have to start figuring out what exactly will happen with the veteran of the secondary.