Well I guess we know why the Cowboys didn’t address the cornerback position early in the 2011 NFL Draft, despite Terence Newman’s age (33 in September), Terrence Newman’s struggles in 2010, and poor play from the nickel back slot in 2010. The Cowboys obviously didn’t see their play from the nickel back slot as poor. In fact, they saw nickel cornerback, Orlando Scandrick, as a future starter and replacement for Terence Newman, who is owed 21 million over the next 3 years after the 2011 season and could be cut next offseason.
Scandrick, a 2008 5th round pick out of Boise State, who is going into his 4th season and would have been an unrestricted free agent after the 2011 season, was given a 5 year 27 million dollar extension worth 10 million in guarantees today. To me, that makes no sense. Scandrick had the 9th highest quarterback rating against of any cornerback who played more than 25% of his teams snap last season.
He allowed 53 catches on 77 targets for 530 yards and 7 touchdowns to just 1 interception, good for a quarterback rating allowed of 113.0. Keep in mind, he was doing this as a nickel cornerback, lining up against the opponent’s slot receiver, in every game except for 1 last season. I have no idea why they view him as a future starter and why they gave him 27 million over 5 years. No one out there would have given him anywhere near that had he tested the market next offseason. Even if he does become a solid starter for them, they at least jumped the gun on this extension.