DeMarcus Lawrence: It wasn’t going to be a Le’Veon situation

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DeMarcus Lawrence is undergoing shoulder surgery this week, having held out until he got a new deal. But the Cowboys defensive end, who signed his $105 million deal on Tuesday, had no plans to pull a Le'Veon Bell and sit out the season in the absence of a long-term agreement before the July 15 deadline.

“You ain’t got to worry about that. It wasn’t going to be a Le’Veon situation. I ain’t skipping $20 million for nobody,” Lawrence said at a press conference, via NFL Media.

Bell sat out last season after the Steelers used the franchise tag on him a second consecutive year, forgoing $14.5 million. He signed with the Jets this offseason.

Lawrence was set to make $20.5 million this season under a second franchise tag. He was expected to sit out the offseason program without a long-term deal, but it was uncertain whether he would skip training camp and/or all or part of the season.

It no longer matters as the Cowboys made Lawrence the highest-paid player in their history.

“The contract is a big accomplishment, but my goal is still to get a [Pro Football Hall of Fame] gold jacket,” Lawrence said.

16 responses to “DeMarcus Lawrence: It wasn’t going to be a Le’Veon situation

  1. “The contract is a big accomplishment, but my goal is still to get a [Pro Football Hall of Fame] gold jacket,” Lawrence said.
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    That’s funny. I wonder why his goal isn’t to win a super bowl – Hmmm…

  2. It wasn’t going to be a Bell situation because he was going to have surgery just before the season and sit out the year rehabbing while getting paid.

    Jerry is going to regret this deal.

  3. Well, to be fair to Bell, I doubt Bell would’ve gotten into a Le’Veon situation either if he’d got $20M while still avoiding all camp/preseason like DeMarcus will.

  4. Not one mention of wanting to get the Boys to the Super Bowl, he has his money now, mindsets change, it’s now all about ME! In a way, you are doing a Leveon Bell, you are pretty much out for this season, rehab will take months, acclimation another month or so( don’t want to risk re injuring) maybe ready for full participation by November. Great return on your investment, Mr Jones.

  5. No excuses Tank, you should have at least 15 sacks a year & you better produce or you will hear it from the fans, low ball move not having your shoulder surgery until you signed that monster contract………stay classy!

  6. stucats says: “low ball move not having your shoulder surgery until you signed that monster contract………stay classy!
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    Without a signed contract from any NFL team, 100% of the risk would’ve fallen on him. If something catastrophic happened during surgery, he would’ve lost out on the “monster” contract as well as the first-class rehabbing services from the Cowboys.

    If the Cowboys were so concerned about him missing the first 3-4 games, they could’ve easily offered the same contract deal a month earlier.

  7. NFL is a business, owners/players are attempting to maximize their earnings.Some have a reputation that is all they are about. As a Cowboys fan, I’ve seen how much impact Dlaw has on the defense and the team overall. I’ve also seen how he’s played through tough injuries to be there for his teammates and they follow his leadership. As a fan that is all that you can ask for.

  8. Easy to say now. Before he signed, he was quoted as saying he wouldn’t play on the tag. BS.

  9. Translation: ‘I’m not going to just give up $20 million dollars like that IDIOT Le’Veon Bell did!’

  10. Nobody wins Super Bowls AFTER the big dogs get their paydays. It’s always before. Seattle anyone? Have fun with all this, Dallas…

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