DeMarcus Lawrence weighing options as camp approaches

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NFL players today have conducted a coordinated social media blitz directed toward the league. They want a safe return to work.

Although no player has opted out so far, Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said he is weighing his options. Lawrence makes it clear he wants to play, but his wife, Sasha, is pregnant and due in October.

“I’m taking it one time at a time, talking with my team and trying to figure out as many details as possible before I make a decision and have it set in stone,” Lawrence told Todd Archer of ESPN. “Shoot, I love to ride with my brothers and play the game of football. When I have to take that away from myself, it’s hard and I don’t want to make a decision like that. But I also have to make sure I’m taking care of my family. Family is No. 1. After the game of football is done, that’s the only thing I have to depend on, so I’ve got to take care of them.”

The Cowboys’ veteran players are scheduled to report July 28.

Lawrence wants questions answered, including how often players will get COVID-19 tests, before committing. Players have until Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. ET to opt out to have their contracts toll for a full year.

So Lawrence would not have to repay any of his $25 million signing bonus, as he told Archer he thought he would, if he opts out by Aug. 1 and honors his contract in 2021. But Lawrence also wouldn’t be paid his base salary or any other payments in 2020 if he chose to sit out.

Lawrence missed the birth of his son in 2014 because of a rookie minicamp and insists football will come second this time around.

“My No. 1 concern is will I be able to see my family and be there for my daughter’s birth?” Lawrence said. “If I can’t be, we’re really going to have to take some major difficult considerations about this season, because I’m not missing the birth of another child.”

14 responses to “DeMarcus Lawrence weighing options as camp approaches

  1. It’s simple then. Opt out if you’re worried about your health. Something tells me he won’t be worried enough about it to give up his $17M salary though.

  2. Dear DeMarcus. Your right. Family is #1. Thats why I go to work everyday with the risk. Im over 60 years old. So my family can eat, have health insuranse and pay the bills that kill.

  3. Oh please. For what he makes per one season, the rest of us would happily rent a place, and isolate from our family for the duration of the season.

    In the Army I missed births, funerals, holidays, etc. for about 30 grand. Spare me.

    These coordinated histrionics are a money grab.

    Hope they just shut the season down.

  4. Play vs don’t PLAY HMMM

    making the money most players make per year,besides”rookies,practice squad and 2-3 stringers”.
    the choice should be easy, SIT OUT enjoy a year off you said it yourself FAMILY FIRST.
    You already missed the birth of your first child “BECAUSE OF WORK”, IF a work place can’t give you a break for”A BIRTH OF YOUR CHILD” I wouldn’t be working for them .
    AFTER ALL you “should have a HEFTY BANK ACCOUNT BYE NOW” to be able to take a year off, OR EVEN RETIRE

  5. I bet that you make several millions a year….. 60 years old and thinking anyone needs millions a year… and complain

  6. I will bet you his degree at Boise State will pay more than $17,000,000… that is what I hear

  7. I’m tired of athletes crying about playing or not playing. My job takes me to multiple grocery and liquor stores so I don’t care about millionaire athletes wanting t0 opt in or out of their season. At this point I hope the NFL doesn’t have a season.

  8. Thought he kind of took last year off with the “not getting my shoulder fixed until I have my money” thing. $20+ mil for 4 sacks? Good work if you can get it.

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