Cowboys lock up nickel back Orlando Scandrick

For a nickel cornerback, Orlando Scandrick has been taken care of in a big way.

The Dallas Cowboys signed the 24-year-old to a five-year contract extension that includes $25 million in new money with $10.7 million guaranteed. Scandrick was slated to earn $2 million this season, which is still part of the deal, so he'll earn $27 million over the next six seasons.

The former fifth-round draft pick from Boise State was only 20 when he was drafted, and he was slated to be an unrestricted free agent following this season. The new deal means he will be a Cowboy through 2016, and if he advances into a starting role and excels he could have another deal before then.

Scandrick has made only nine starts in his career but he’s considered a valuable member of the secondary. He’s consistently been among the highest-paid players in the league in the performance-based pay system.

Follow me on Twitter: @BradBiggs

Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune