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Jerry Jones: Cowboys open to accommodating Orlando Scandrick’s contract request

Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, whown before the playoff game against the Lions last season, continues to sit out the offseason workouts in search of more money.
Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, whown before the playoff game against the Lions last season, continues to sit out the offseason workouts in search of more money. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys feel good about the meeting they had earlier this week with cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who is skipping the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. But nothing has changed with his status and the team remains in a wait-and-see mode.

Scandrick, who is unhappy with his contract, flew back to his home on California.

“I had a good visit with Orlando,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I don’t want to share too much about it, but we had a good visit. We didn’t talk for real long. We had a real positive visit about our team and about team and hopefully a plan for him going forward.”

Scandrick has been the team’s best cornerback the past three years and is set to earn $1.5 million in 2015 on a contract that runs through 2017. His salary is lower than that of cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne.

He is decidedly underpaid by most standards.

But what’s also true is the contract Scandrick is complaining about is one that was reworked at his request two years ago to give him upfront money to take care of some personal business.

“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.”

Still while the Cowboys maintain that Scandrick is under contract and should be here working with his teammates, they also seem open to working something out with him financially. Jones acknowledged that a bump in pay is being discussed.

“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.”

Scandrick has yet to reutrn to OTA practices but the Cowboys feel good about the situation after Tuesday’s meeting.

“Don’t want to make any assurances, but it was a very positive conversation,” Garrett said.

A resolution could come by the end of the week, according to a source.

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