Cowboys “more comfortable” about long-term deal with DeMarcus Lawrence

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Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence played out the 2018 season on the franchise tag, but didn’t have the same upset about that state of affairs that we’ve seen from other players.

Lawrence said that if he played well again, the Cowboys would have no choice but to sign him to a long-term deal in 2019 and it sounds like he was on to something. Lawrence followed up his 14.5 sacks in 2017 with 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles for the NFC East champ. He also stayed healthy for the second straight year after having back problems in the past.

Those developments led executive vice president Stephen Jones to say that Lawrence has shown the team what they needed to see to move forward with a new deal.

“I wouldn’t say we were a long ways apart; we were apart,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Certainly DeMarcus has done his part to make us feel more comfortable. He put together now two back-to-back, double-digit sack seasons. Of course he’s a leader by example. … Nothing’s changed in terms of my opinion, except for the better.”

That doesn’t mean that the Cowboys won’t tag Lawrence again in order to buy time for contract talks while ensuring that no one else signs their top pass rusher, but it does seem likelier that things will work out now that the team’s big questions have been answered.

20 responses to “Cowboys “more comfortable” about long-term deal with DeMarcus Lawrence

  1. I would let him walk and use the money to shore up your offensive line and sign other cheaper edge rushers, say like a dee ford. I wouldn’t trust Lawrence with the money or his bad back. Backs never really heal

  2. I would sign Lawrence and then go after Sean Payton. Payton lives in the Dallas area in the off season anyway. Let Dak play out his rookie contract and then draft a franchise QB.

  3. The thing about Lawrence, though is you’re not just getting a pass rusher. He puts up double digits in sacks, but he’s incredibly active in run defense, has a constant motor, draws double teams and sets a great example for the young guys on the line. I agree, a lot of times it’s best to invest in young guys, but as a Cowboys fan, I would pay DLaw for being a very complete defensive lineman who frees up our athletics tackles and the young guys on the other side to make plays when he’s not. Randy Gregory, who looks like he’s figured some personal stuff out, really came on the second half of the season, and a lot of that has to be Lawrence.

  4. That kind of money is PRIMARILY about on-field performance, as it should be…….but it’s also about intangibles. During the Saints game that no one gave Dallas a shot to win, the defense had COMPLETELY shut down the high-powered NO offense into the third quarter. The offense was dragging, as usual, and the score was 10-0 Dallas.

    It told me all I needed to know when they went to the sidelines to catch DLaw firing up the defense that was already pitching a shut out to one of the best offenses in the league. “Don’t get comfortable! We ain’t done yet! Don’t get comfortable!”

    That’s the kinda player I want on my team. Pay the man.

  5. Dallas will need to pay a lotta players…

    Lawrence
    Dak
    Zeke
    B Jones
    Amari
    Jaylen

    They won’t be able to keep everyone!!! For competent teams…this is a good problem to have…but the Cowboys who produce numerous Pro Bowlers and All Pros can’t seem to translate that talent into the win column…thanks to Jerruh..

  6. cleareyeview says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Best edge rusher in the division by far. Pay the man!
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    Ryan Kerrigan is better and more consistent.

  7. Getting rid of Linehan is a good first step. Go out and get Sean Payton (he lives in the Dallas area in the off season anyway). Let Dak play out the final year in his rookie contract and GET A FRANCHISE QB IN THE 2020 DRAFT.

  8. we all know what the price will be….nothing less than $1.00 more than what Mack got paid. Lawrence has leverage because the starting point is 21 million per if he was to get tagged again. Cowboys are fortunate they will not have to pay a first rd pick this year…ha

  9. tittmouse says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:02 am
    I would let him walk and use the money to shore up your offensive line and sign other cheaper edge rushers, say like a dee ford. I wouldn’t trust Lawrence with the money or his bad back. Backs never really heal
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    Dee Ford, along with Frank Clark are going to get paid market value.There will be nothing cheap about it.

  10. It is confusing to me , Dallas has a very talented, fast, young, and athletic roster. 11-7 just does not seem possible. The Cowboys seemingly always one year away from great. But the Cowboys are just an above average team by a little bit.

  11. Tied for 17th in sacks(with 4 others) in 2018. Should he get what the top pass rushers receive?

  12. tittmouse says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I would let him walk and use the money to shore up your offensive line and sign other cheaper edge rushers, say like a dee ford. I wouldn’t trust Lawrence with the money or his bad back. Backs never really heal
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    dee ford just finished with 13 sacks. in what world will he be cheap?

    as for d-law, i’m a fan of his, but 20+ per is way too much. if he can agree to a little less then i’m all for it. however, i don’t think dallas can afford to lose him so i see an overpay.

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