In what comes as no surprise, the Cowboys have informed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence they are using the franchise tag on him, via multiple reports.
The team is “not close” on a new deal for Lawrence, so the $20.56 million tag buys them time to negotiate and keeps him from becoming a free agent. They have until July 15 to get a long-term deal completed.
Lawrence has said he will not play a second consecutive season under the franchise tag. In fact, he is delaying shoulder surgery until getting a long-term deal.
Coach Jason Garrett confirmed last week Lawrence has not undergone surgery.
The Cowboys have a history of getting deals done they want to get done, although Dez Bryant’s came down to the 11th hour in 2015.