ARLINGTON — Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has parlayed a strong training camp into a five-year contract extension with the Cowboys.
Scandrick and the Cowboys agreed to terms on a five-year, $26.2 million contract extension, including $10.7 million in guaranteed over the first two years, according to a source.
Scandrick, who was in the last year of contract, has been largely a nickel corner the past three seasons. But he has wowed defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in training camp. Ryan said he considers Scandrick a third starter along with Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman. Newman has been sidelined the entire preseason with a groin strain, and Jenkins has been out the bulk of camp with a stinger.
Scandrick is certainly in good position to officially replace Newman in the starting lineup this year, if not next year, when the Cowboys are likely to part ways with the aging and oft-injured veteran who is scheduled to make an $8 million base and count $10 million against the salary cap.
The Cowboys tried to replace Newman a month ago when they pursued Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency.
Now they just might be replacing him from within.