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BY THE NUMBERS: The Scandrick contract
BY BEN STANDIG | MARCH 23, 2018
Folks were fretting about the Orlando Scandrick contract when first announced. The reported “terms” were two years with a maximum of $10 million for the 10-year veteran cornerback. As with most NFL contracts, we know better than to react upon hearing initial reporting and yet we do so anyway. For shame.
We now have the details. The panicked can open their eyes.
The Sports Capitol, via a league source, received the specifics with the Scandrick contract. Let’s go to the highlights:
* He receives a $1 million signing bonus. That is the only guaranteed money in the deal. Should the first season go wrong to the point the organization doesn’t want a second year, the Redskins are only faced with $500,000 dead money on the cap in 2019.
* Scandrick’s contract includes escalator clauses. He can receive bonuses up to $1 million each season depending on percentage of snaps played. He must reach 85% for the $1 million.
* His base salary: $1.75 million in 2018, $2.75 in 2019
Basically, the Redskins are not on the hook for a major amount of money if the corner’s recent injury history remains present. Scandrick missed the entire 2015 season with a knee injury, played 12 games in 2016 and finished 2017 on injured reserve with a back injury.
However, the ex-Cowboy can make some decent coin if he remains healthy and productive. Yet the Redskins are not in a position to feel pressured financially to use Scandrick. If rising second-year player Fabian Moreau or holdover Quinton Dunbar warrant more playing time, they will receive it, or at least they should
As for where Scandrick plays, he’ll have a shot at Bashaud Breeland’s spot on the outside and Kendall Fuller’s in the slot, a source tells The Sports Capitol. Best guess is he eventually lands in the slot; Scandrick’s best work in recent seasons with Dallas came as the nickel cornerback.
Never say never about a free agent acquisition or a draft selection, but it’s possible the Redskins have their 2018 cornerbacks on the roster already: Josh Norman, Scandrick, Dunbar, Moreau, Joshua Holsey. That’s not as imposing or at least as interesting paper as the group last season, but there is promise, especially if the athletically gifted Moreau takes a leap after little work on defense as a rookie.. If Washington figures out a way to add more pass rush push up front, this group should hold up.
If Scandrick holds up physically, the Redskins will be good. If he doesn’t, at least they won’t be financially hampered even if they could take a step back at cornerback next season.
Photo by Joe Glorioso for The Sports Capitol
Ben Standig is a host, writer and co-founder of The Sports Capitol. This D.C. area native grew up rooting for all the local squads and dabbled in the professional media world after college before making a full shift to sports writing in 2005. Since, Ben has covered every team and big event in town for several outlets including the Associated Press, NBCWashington.com and Scout.com.