The Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick said on Monday that hasn’t spoken to the franchise owner and general manager Jerry Jones since his name emerged during the 2017 NFL Draft as a possible trade option.
“I just control the things that I can control,” CB Orlando Scandrick said. “I feel like when I’m healthy and on top of my game, I can compete with anybody. I feel like I’m as good as they can get. I’m confident in my abilities.”
After the 2017 NFL Draft that saw the Cowboys hoard of talents for its defensive secondary, Scandrick is not worried about losing his job. This is despite all the speculation of trade rumors that proliferated as the franchise worked their draft board, with reports claiming the Dallas were fielding calls in an attempt to move the eight-year veteran cornerback for potential draft compensation and/or more.
The Dallas Cowboys drafted a total of three cornerbacks –namely Chidobe Awuzie (60th), Jourdan Lewis (92nd) and Marquez White (216th) — a little over a week ago. The 30-year-old Scandrick, who is entering his 10th NFL season with the professional American football team, says it’s nothing new to him.
Entering this year’s draft, the Dallas Cowboys had landed a total of nine cornerbacks since selecting Scandrick in the fifth round in 2008 NFL Draft out of Boise State University. Two of them have been in the first round, Morris Claiborne and Byron Jones, who has since been moved to safety position.
Claiborne was drafted back in 2012, the same year the organization signed Brandon Carr to a five-year contract, $50.1M deal as the club worked to revamp a defensive secondary that also included Scandrick and Mike Jenkins. Now a half-decade later, Claiborne and Carr are in the AFC and Jenkins is unemployed — as Scandrick is gearing up for his ninth year in Dallas Cowboys.
“I was here when they drafted Morris No. 6 [overall],” Scandrick said. “I’m just going to come to work and do the same thing and just do me and continue to try to get better.”
The Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has since been passionate that no such trade attempts were planned, but Scandrick was still none-too-pleased with how it all went down in his soul. It’s definitely not made better by the fact he has yet to speak with Jerry Jones up to this point, but the cornerback is officially focused on prepping for the 2017 NFL season — as a Cowboy player.
The Dallas Cowboys are still looking for a return on the five-year, $19 million contract extension in May 2015, and this upcoming 2017 NFL campaign would go a long way to make sure that they keep him onboard for the long term.