Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is the rising star of the NFC East, ESPN.com’s Todd Archer writes. “Rising star” can be defined in a number of ways, but Archer argues that Lawrence had his best season ever in 2017, making him the breakout player of the division. With 14.5 sacks last year and a Pro Bowl nod, it’s hard to argue.
Lawrence proved that he can be the “war daddy” that owner Jerry Jones wants, but Jones will have to pay if he wants to keep him beyond 2018. The two sides are set to meet this week in advance of the July 16 deadline, but if no deal comes together, he’ll play out the season on his one-year, $17.1MM franchise tender.
Here’s more out of Dallas:
- Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News re-examined the Cowboys roster in the wake of David Irving‘s suspension and Randy Gregory‘s potential reinstatement. If Gregory is reinstated, Machota believes the Cowboys could opt to carry ten defensive line players on the Week 1 roster, with Irving’s starting role filled by defensive end Charles Tapper or a player not currently on the team. If the Cowboys are in the market for a defensive tackle, free agent Johnathan Hankins may be their best bet.
- Cowboys cornerback Marquez White faces felony assault charges due to a road-rage incident from last year in which he displayed a gun to another driver. However, White’s agent says charges should not have been filed. “We are very proud of the way he handled the entire situation,” agent Peter Schaffer said in a statement issued to PFT. “He defused a potentially dangerous encounter and did everything by the book. He notified the team and his agent. The police have done a disservice to him by doing an inadequate investigation and filing charges with no proof or justification.” White appeared in court last week and is due back on Aug. 10. The cornerback could face a suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.