DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys expected to talk contract next week

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The July 16 deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals with their current deals is a little more than a week away and the Cowboys will reportedly use some of that time to explore the possibility of reaching an agreement with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports that the two sides are expected to talk about a deal next week. The chances of getting one done may not be too great, however.

Lawrence quickly signed his franchise tag with the team and has indicated several times this offseason that he is OK playing out the tag in hopes that he’ll “break the bank” in free agency next year. Watkins reports that he’s looking for a five-year deal and would like to see what players like Jadeveon Clowney, Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack get from their teams.

It seems unlikely that all those deals will get done in the next 10 days, which suggests that Lawrence will be trying for a repeat of last year’s strong performance to set the stage for a big payday in 2019.

20 responses to “DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys expected to talk contract next week

  1. Just paid Martin. Now Lawrence…..before next season Dak will be paid…..Then Zeke the following year.. All the cap space all these Cowboy fans were bragging about is going to be eaten up pretty quickly over the next 2 seasons. But all those players are solid and need to be paid.

  2. I’m a big fan of DeMarcus, but He should not get anywhere near what Jadeveon Clowney, Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack are going to get. Maybe He has another year like last year, His value goes up. I just don’t see Him being at that level.

  3. @irish hoodlum

    “ all of them need to be paid” nooo they don’t all need to be paid. Every guy you mentioned comes with red flags. Lawrence has not proven he can walk the straight and narrow yet with the same to be said for elliott. And Prescott ??? If he stinks it up like he did last year you’re gonna give him top QB money ? He’s arguably the 4th best qb in his OWN DIVISION ! THE Cowboys should be very very smart going forward

  4. The disadvantage for the Cowboys is that the get 1 year less control of Dak than the Eagles get for Wentz.

  5. Wentz contract is almost 10x the value of Dak’s. Im not going to argue which one is better. Wentz is way better than Dak. Hell Foles is too. To say the Cowboys are at a disadvantage when the amount being paid to eagles back up is more than the top 3 of Cowboys QBs is kind of foolish.

    Even if Dak is paid more than Wentz after this next season it still wouldnt make up for the amount Wentz has and will make. If they let him play out his 5th year option they will be playing the franchise tag game like Washington did with Cousins. Eagles have the better qb which is the only advantage (the best one to have too) they have. Cowboys have the advantage in my opinion when it comes to the money that is currently being paid and will be paid.

  6. That list of pass rushers demanding to break the bank shows the Vikings wisely locked up Griffen and Hunter before any of these other guys reset the market.

  7. Not sure how this became Dak vs, but in comparison of Foles:
    G GS WL Comp Att % Yrds Ave YPG TD Int Rtg
    NF 49 39 22–17 833 1,386 60.1% 9,752 7.0 199.0 61 29 87.4

    DP 32 32 22-10 619 949 65.3 6,991 7.6 218.5 45 17 95.8

  8. Just paid Martin. Now Lawrence…..before next season Dak will be paid…..Then Zeke the following year.. All the cap space all these Cowboy fans were bragging about is going to be eaten up pretty quickly over the next 2 seasons. But all those players are solid and need to be paid.
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    Dak may not get paid if he has an abysmal season. But what’s more, if he has a good season, he needs to pull a Tom Brady and sign a team friendly deal, and give Dallas more money to sign defensive studs like Tank.

  9. If only the NFL were like the NBA. No salary cap….the Cowboys would turn into the Warriors of the NFL.

  10. Actually, signing Lawrence will FREE UP cap space, since he’s a ~17 million dollar hit on 2018. If they can sign him to a 5 year deal, they can spread the cost over the term of the contract, freeing up dollars to perhaps trade-then-sign Earl Thomas, for example. –Or– prepare for a Dak, Zeke deal.

  11. Dak will get paid before Carlson Wince…because of the team friendly 5th year option…yet more evidence 1st rounders got screwed outta an extra year of earning potential…

  12. my_old_name_was_offensive says:

    July 6, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Dak will get paid before Carlson Wince…because of the team friendly 5th year option…yet more evidence 1st rounders got screwed outta an extra year of earning potential…

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    I don’t really agree with that Dak has been making a little bit more than 600k a season and Carson being the 2nd pick overall got over 26 million. So Dak has been playing for nothing and Carson has millions.

  13. The Truth says:
    July 6, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    @irish hoodlum

    “ all of them need to be paid” nooo they don’t all need to be paid. Every guy you mentioned comes with red flags. Lawrence has not proven he can walk the straight and narrow yet with the same to be said for elliott. And Prescott ??? If he stinks it up like he did last year you’re gonna give him top QB money ? He’s arguably the 4th best qb in his OWN DIVISION ! THE Cowboys should be very very smart going forward

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    Cowboys will over pay for all of them it’s the Jerry way.

  14. Carlson Wince, LoL now that’s a funny and True nic name bro! Daks stats are far superior better then All qbs in the beast the past two years and most nfl qb’s in general in the nfl, Yet eagles fans talk smack about Dak LMAO bro’s! Eagles nothing more then the Seahawks, ONE & DONE! But hey see ya in 57 more years eh bro’s!

  15. Great for DeMarcus to take the positive approach on all of this. Now you look and see how it all is going to work out beautifully for him. No belly-aching about how bad the franchise tag is. Very refreshing to hear and hope the man gets an incredible contract in the end.

  16. It’s funny how cowboy fans want to keep including daks 1st year stats and completely ignore the severe regression of his play last season. Losing his top 2 targets will only make things harder for him. Get ready for a lot of 8 men in the box and 5 yard passes.

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