Should Cowboys look at Orlando Scandrick's contract?

IRVING, Texas -- Earlier this week the New Orleans Saints adjusted the contract of cornerback Keenan Lewis, a stalwart on a defense that lacks a lot of them.

The Saints guaranteed $10.45 million of the $13.05 million he was set to receive over the next three years, making their best cornerback happy and solidifying at least a part of their defense.

So what about Orlando Scandrick?

He is the Dallas Cowboys' best cornerback, yet has the third-highest cap figure in the group behind Brandon Carr ($12.7 million) and Morris Claiborne ($5.17 million). The Cowboys are attempting to get Carr to accept a pay cut, but there is nothing they can do to change Claiborne's fully guaranteed contract as the No. 6 pick in the 2012 draft.

Scandrick is set to make $10.5 million over the next four seasons, a relative pittance for a team's best cornerback. Last week, Scandrick's $1.5 million base salary became fully guaranteed, and his $3 million base salary in 2016 is guaranteed for injury only now. It becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2016 league year.

Like the Saints, the Cowboys don't have many stalwarts on defense. Scandrick is near the top of the list with players such as Sean Lee and Tyrone Crawford. Newly-signed defensive end Greg Hardy is there as well, but it's not clear how many games he will play in 2015 with a possible suspension looming.

Lewis is 28 and has been in the league since 2009. Scandrick is 28 and has been in the league since 2008. Lewis has seven career interceptions. Scandrick has seven career interceptions.

The Cowboys have only so many ways to be creative with the salary cap after signing Hardy. According to ESPN Stats & Information, they have roughly $1.98 million in cap room after the Hardy deal.

They can create room by restructuring Tony Romo's contract, reaching a long-term deal with Dez Bryant, or by either cutting Carr or getting him to agree to a pay cut. The easiest road right now is Romo's deal.

Despite drawing a line on DeMarco Murray in contract talks, the Cowboys take care of their own. They have given Scandrick three deals over the years, and he has met the expectations -- if not exceeded them.

It might be time to do for him what the Saints did for Lewis.