Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence “not close” on a contract

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The Cowboys have yet to apply the franchise tag to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. It appears that it will be the only way to keep him off the open market.

Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Cowboys and Lawrence are “not close” on a long-term deal. Barring an “unexpected miracle offer,” the Cowboys will be forced to apply the franchise tag, if they want to block him from unrestricted free agency.

Because Lawrence was franchise-tagged in 2018, his 2019 franchise tender becomes a 20-percent increase over his $17.1 million base salary from a year ago. That’s $20.56 million.

And that number surely complicates discussions on a long-term deal. With Lawrence looking at $20.56 million now and, by rule, a 44-percent increase in 2020, $29.6 million later, that’s more than $50 million over the next two years. Unless the Cowboys are willing to guarantee that much money in the first two years of a multi-year contract, Lawrence could keep playing it out, either getting $29.6 million next year (highly unlikely) or finally hitting the open market.

Don’t forget that Lawrence also could follow the Le'Veon Bell route, sitting out all of 2019 and forcing the Cowboys to apply the quarterback franchise tender to keep him in 2020. Which they likely wouldn’t do.

Then there’s the fact that Lawrence needs shoulder surgery. He has said he won’t get it done until he has a long-term deal. That feels like an effort to create an artificial deadline aimed at forcing a deal well in advance of the July 15 deadline for doing a long-term deal. But if Lawrence digs in regarding his refusal to let a surgeon dig in to his shoulder, that could complicate things as training camp arrives.

27 responses to “Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence “not close” on a contract

  1. Then you have to pay Dak who wants like 200 mil which is completely laughable and then Zeke too. Have fun with that Jerruh…I know I am.

  2. No way Dallas can pay all these guys some have too go. Let Lawrence shake free please he deserves too be a jet lol

  3. Seems like only yesterday everybody bagging on the Cowboys for trading up in the second round to draft this skinny undersized DE to help ease the loss of DeMarcus Ware

  4. jerryjonessaidwhat says:
    March 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Seems like only yesterday everybody bagging on the Cowboys for trading up in the second round to draft this skinny undersized DE to help ease the loss of DeMarcus Ware
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    Well, it did take him four years before he started producing. Plus his fifth year wasn’t as good as his fourth year.

  5. No one is giving him $50 mil guaranteed over next two years. This is the same fantasy math that has been applied to L. Bell (and apparently applied by he and his agent). They’ll find out reality in next couple weeks. As will Lawrence if he thinks that’s his starting point. Who would sign him without the shoulder having already been worked on? Already holding himself back from 2019 by waiting, just drives price down.

  6. This is an area where the Cowboys have ended up in trouble in the past,
    with their salary cap. Lawrence is a great player who has had two outstanding
    seasons. The Cowboys are arguably are in this position largely out of some
    bad luck and some immaturity on Lawrence’s behalf.
    Lawrence had a bad back that prevented him from playing healthy and
    he also exhibited some bad judgement that resulted in a 4 game suspension.
    Since those years Lawrence has proven he is certainly no longer a risk
    for bad behavior or another suspension. He has also played lights out.
    The problem now is his age and history of some injuries. This puts the
    Cowboys in a really tough situation. They should probably walk away from
    a long term deal that locks up lots of money., and attempt to franchise
    once again. This will most likely lead to Lawrence holding out and not seeking
    needed surgery.
    Bottom line the Cowboys are in a tough situation. I’m betting that the Cowboys will give
    in and make the deal. Jerry Jones is getting older and wants another ring, but in the
    long run a big deal for Lawrence will end up hurting the Cowboys down the road.

  7. More and more I’m getting sick of the whole thing.

    I gave up on baseball after the strike in 1994. I.can’t stand basketball. And now my sentiments are to forget about the NFL and concentrate on the college game.

    Frankly, good riddance.

  8. Tag him again then let him walk. Pretty simple. We have been drafting great over the Garrett era. These players have to understand that not ALL of them can get the MAX for their positions especially when you have Qb Wr Rb Cb De and Lb Smith coming up. No sir have to pick and chose where you want to live and how much you really need to live on. If you say that you are Family, then take a bit less and Keep the Family Together! Greeedy looks good on No One. This is where I PRAISE Tom Brady! Bell and others can kick rocks. Dlaw will sign with the Skins like all our FA defensives players go Only to have Busts careers.

  9. Tag him and trade him. The last 2 years all he has talked about is getting as much money as possible. He did nothing his first 3 years. He’s been suspended once. And has missed multiple games from injury. Tag him and send him off for draft picks. He has had 2 good seasons and last year was good not GREAT.

  10. He is hurt and needs surgery and has said he won’t get that done until he get’s a long term deal…..let him walk, it’d be interesting to see how much someone would pay for a player that may not be physically ready for the start of the season

  11. “And that number surely complicates discussions on a long-term deal. With Lawrence looking at $20.56 million now and, by rule, a 44-percent increase in 2020, $29.6 million later, that’s more than $50 million over the next two years”

    And that statement proves my point that the cap has done more to artificially increase players salaries than any other variable. A player feels he is worth what the franchise tag is and that becomes the bargaining floor when negotiations start. Take away that false floor and negotiations won’t start with, “Well if you keep tagging me I’m making $50 million guaranteed in the next two years”. Right now the players are riding the wave of overinflated contracts because of the franchise tag while clamoring for the tag to be removed. I am all in favor of getting rid of the franchise tag in the next CBA. If for nothing other reason than to stabilize the contract growth and force players to negotiate based on their actual production and value instead of an arbitrarily assigned number.

  12. Donald and Mack reset the market for defensive players which had been lagging behind the explosion in QB salaries.

  13. Sounds like the cowboys could use a real GM
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    Cowboys are 50+ million UNDER the cap. Cowboys have drafted players like Zeke, Dak, Jaylon Smith, LVE, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Chido Awuzie in recent years. Doesn’t sound too bad to me.

  14. 10.5 sacks last year. Three against a mediocre Lions team. 7.5 in the remaining 15 games. Only 1.5 sacks vs the NFC East. What would you pay?

  15. Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    March 3, 2019 at 9:45 am
    Then you have to pay Dak who wants like 200 mil which is completely laughable and then Zeke too. Have fun with that Jerruh…I know I am.

    Dak has been better than Carson… Carson will be paid more than Dak.

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