DeMarcus Lawrence Against Playing On Tag After This Season

Four players are set to play on a franchise tender this season. DeMarcus Lawrence‘s 14.5-sack showing in 2017 prompted the Cowboys to place a $17.1MM tag on him this year, and he did not object to that arrangement.

However, he does not want this situation to repeat itself. Lawrence’s goal is to secure a long-term extension with the Cowboys after this season, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets, adding that the fifth-year defensive end will not play on the tag in 2019.

While a 2019 tag would exceed $20MM, a historic one-season windfall for a non-quarterback, Lawrence wants a commitment after this 2018 rental setup concludes. The Cowboys are now intent to see if Lawrence’s breakout was a fluke. Those 14.5 sacks eclipsed his previous three-season total by 5.5, and 10 of those sacks came in the season’s first seven weeks.

A report earlier this month indicated the Cowboys were OK with Lawrence playing this year on the tag. Lawrence said he would be. The $17MM-plus cap hit doesn’t damage Dallas’ ledger like it would have in previous years. And next season, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant‘s dead-money figures are off the Cowboys’ books. They are projected to possess more than $50MM in cap space, and if Lawrence can deliver another strong season, the franchise would be in better position to hammer out a long-term agreement.

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3 comments on “DeMarcus Lawrence Against Playing On Tag After This Season

  1. tharrie0820

    You mean a player with durability issues doesn’t want to go year to year? what a twist!

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  2. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    Agree 100%, I’m still not confident in this guy long term even if he proves last year was no fluke.

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  3. Patrick Brubaker

    this franchise tag this year is the ultimate “prove it” contract. he put up stupid good numbers but also has durability issues. he needs to show everyone he is for real

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