DeMarcus Lawrence: If I do my thing, Cowboys have no choice but to sign me

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Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence didn’t waste any time signing the franchise tag he got from the Cowboys in March and he’s been with the team this offseason rather than following the path of others who have stayed away from their teams in hopes of getting a long-term deal.

Lawrence could still get such a deal this offseason, but said Wednesday that he’s not losing sleep about the prospect of going into the 2018 season without anything in place for the years to come.

“It really doesn’t matter,” Lawrence said, via the Dallas Morning News. “If I do my thing, I put up my stats and I help my team win, they ain’t got no choice but to sign me. That’s how I feel.”

Dallas could use another franchise tag on Lawrence, although the price tag would be over $20 million given his $17.1 million salary for this season and a long-term deal would likely make more sense from a cap perspective. Whether it’s the Cowboys or someone else, Lawrence is right that something like his 15-sack 2017 season will set him up quite well come the 2019 offseason.

10 responses to “DeMarcus Lawrence: If I do my thing, Cowboys have no choice but to sign me

  1. They won’t just sign you, either – they’ll sign you years into your retirement.

  2. The Cowboys will pay Martin before Lawrence…

    Zach Martin is the reason they had to cut Dez this year…

  3. I love this attitude. He’s not making any qualms about what he wants, but is also dedicated enough to work for it. He is one of the best pure rushers in the league, but can also, more than hold his own against the run. He just has to put back to back seasons of production together to show he is removed from the past suspension and injuries that kept him off of the field.

  4. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    May 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    The Cowboys will pay Martin before Lawrence…

    Zach Martin is the reason they had to cut Dez this year…
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    You don’t know anything about it. They did not HAVE to cut Bryant, they wanted to. They didn’t even designate Bryant a post June 1 cut, taking all his dead money (8m) this year. They have 9.2 million in cap space and only need to sign their 3rd round pick. Their cap situation improves dramatically next year with a projected 64 million in space. All of this is with Lawrence’s 17.1 million cap hit and Martin’s 9.3 million cap hit this year. It makes sense to do Martin sooner than later as the price will only go up, but they didn’t NEED to do anything.

    Just because something kind of makes sense doesn’t mean it’s true. I would argue that it was that Bryant’s noise wasn’t palatable anymore because of his lack of production as the reason.

  5. Same year my Pats selected bust and anti-patriot Dominique Easley. This guy just keeps his head down and works. Would’ve been nice in NE…..

  6. What’s so funny about this is that Lawrence did mostly nothing until YEAR FOUR after he was drafted. Going into training camp last year, all the talk on the Cowboys board I frequent was “Cut this guy, he’s done nothing in 3 seasons!”

    Sometimes it takes 3-4 seasons for the light bulb to pop on.

  7. He’s good, not great. He’s a piece not the main cog… He’s no Ware but he can be used if used correctly. He’s not worth a huge high dollar contract.

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