“It would have been a lot better if they had broke the news after the Giants game,” Scandrick said, half-kidding.
The deal was done by then, when Scandrick had probably the best performance of his six-year NFL career, forcing a fumble on the one ball that New York receiver Victor Cruz caught on him. But the news of his team-friendly extension didn’t trickle out until last week, when he was coming off a rough outing in a lopsided loss to the Chicago Bears.
Fans grumbled about giving Scandrick an extension that guaranteed him an additional $9 million, but this deal benefits the Cowboys from a business perspective. The deal allows the Cowboys to trim $2.6 million off the cap next season, and Scandrick took a pay cut starting in 2015.
Scandrick had been due to make $5 million per season in 2015 and 2016. He’s now due to make a total of $10.5 million from 2015 to 2018.
So why does the deal make sense for Scandrick? He didn’t want to have to worry about being a cap casualty.
“I wanted to be here,” Scandrick said. “My kids come here. It’s not all about me. You can’t chase the dollar forever, man. It’s not all about the money. I don’t play this game for money.”
Scandrick’s concern was that the Cowboys, given their constant cap challenges, could decide to trade him for a draft pick at some point. As the father of 3-year-old twin daughters who live with their mother in California but frequently visit him, he especially didn’t want to end up being dealt “down to Jacksonville, off to Buffalo, even further away from my kids.”
“It’s already bad enough that they’re commuting back and forth from California,” Scandrick said. “I mean, the money wasn’t a determining factor, because it wouldn’t have made any difference if I was making a few more million dollars if I was playing in another city. With the way that the new CBA is, I just didn’t want to take the chance.
“I wanted to be here. I’m familiar with the way things are here. It’s going to be seven years here next year. At some point in time, you’ve got to stop chasing money.”
Scandrick, who will make an additional $1 million next season as a result of the extension, noted that he’s already made more than enough money to be comfortable for life.
“I mean, I’ve made a ton of money, over $20 million,” Scandrick said. “What the hell? What can’t I buy with 20 than I can buy with 24 or 25?”
At this point of his career, Scandrick was willing to take less money in exchange for stability.