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Scandrick to join Cowboys’ off-season workouts; pay bump ahead

Orlando Scandrick has been working out in California while seeking a bump in pay from the $1.5 million he is scheduled to make.
Orlando Scandrick has been working out in California while seeking a bump in pay from the $1.5 million he is scheduled to make. Star-Telegram

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick is expected to join the Dallas Cowboys for off-season workouts this week, possibly as soon as Monday, a source said.

Scandrick, who has stayed away from the voluntary workouts because he’s unhappy about his contract, is returning with the understanding that the Cowboys will give him a bump in pay.

Scandrick attended a family event in California on Sunday, and it wasn’t certain if he could get on a flight in time for Monday’s workouts.

His return, however, is a byproduct of meetings the Cowboys had with Scandrick last week. They pressed upon him that he is still under contract and needs to be at Valley Ranch working with his teammates. The Cowboys also formulated a plan to adjust his contract, while also not activating a de-escalator in his current deal that could have cost him $500,000 for missing workouts.

Scandrick is the team’s best cornerback but is due to earn just $1.5 million 2015, which is not only less than cornerbacks Brandon Carr ($8 million) and Morris Claiborne ($2.6 million) make but also roughly the same as the $1.5 million that fourth cornerback Corey White is slated to earn.

“Of course we stand strong about what a good player he is, how much we need him, how much he helps us and we would like to get something satisfactorily worked out with him,” owner Jerry Jones said after last week’s meeting with Scandrick.

“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. We didn’t get anything done, but we certainly are talking about it.’’

Clarence E. Hill Jr., 817-390-7760

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