The Dallas Cowboys have a number of goals they aim to achieve before the 2015 NFL season gets underway in September.
But, while addressing their running back situation and integrating the raft of defensive talent that arrived in the draft are high on the priority list, perhaps the most important task for Jerry Jones and co is to secure some of their top talent on new deals.
And, according to reports today, it looks like they have achieved just that - avoiding any unwanted off-field speculation in the process.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport was the first to reveal that the Cowboys have agreed terms on a new contract with cornerback Orlando Scandrick.
Scandrick and the Cowboys had been at odds earlier this year with many expecting the player to hold out from participating in much of the team's offseason work in a bid to get himself a bigger contract.
The 28-year-old, though, surprised many by turning up to the second round of voluntary workouts and this gesture of good will appears to have helped speed up the negotiating process.
While the new extension only prolongs Scandrick's stay with the Cowboys by one season, the CB has been rewarded financially for his upturn in form in recent seasons.
Scandrick was set to earn just $1.5 million in 2015 and $3 million between 2016-2018. Having become a key figure in an improving Dallas defense since inking that deal, though, a pay increase was almost inevitable.
Fortunately for the Cowboys they have been able to resolve the issue at this early stage so as to avoid any prolonged unrest affecting preseason.
Big name remaining
Now, having appeased the 10th ranked CB in the NFL as of 2014, their focus can turn to star wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Having been franchise tagged earlier this year, Bryant is still angling for a big new contract and Cowboys fans will be hoping their front office have as much success with those negotiations as they have had with Orlando Scandrick.
Cowboys fans: Are you happy with Dallas' offseason so far? And is Dez's contract next? Have your say in the comments section below...
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