Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence Nearing Deal

The Cowboys and Demarcus Lawrence are nearing agreement on an extension, according to PFT. We have similar word from Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of (video link) who hears the two sides are in deep negotiations with reason for cautious optimism. 

Both the Cowboys and Lawrence’s agent want to get a deal done sometime soon and there’s hope that a pact can be agreed to in the near future. Often times, franchise tagged players will not make real headway on negotiations until the deadline draws near in July, but this could all be sewn up months in advance.

Just a few days ago, things seemed to be at an impasse between the two sides. The Cowboys finally upped their offer to about $20MM per year, but Lawrence’s camp countered by asking for around $22.5MM per season. A deal worth $20MM/year on average would make Lawrence the NFL’s highest-paid 4-3 defensive end, but he’s now gunning for a contract that would put him in the same neighborhood as Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack.

Lawrence, 27 in April, has spent his entire five-year career with the Cowboys. He has posted double digit sacks in each of the last two campaigns and is currently cuffed by a second consecutive franchise tag. Unfortunately for Dallas, Lawrence has indicated that he will not play on the one-year tender, even though it would pay him $20.5MM.


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15 comments on “Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence Nearing Deal

  1. Z-A

    SB aspirations dwindling once this dude gets paid. Will spend half the season on the PUP.

  2. carlos15

    They should just do away with the franchise tag system, it would end all these ridiculous situations.

    • benster04

      im a cowboy fan and wouldnt offer any more than 18 back loaded deal as it will kill us next year if its more…i would have traded his greedy ass and sign ziggy in the same moment

      • troll_smasher

        SHOCKER! Another idiot calling a player greedy for asking for what he thinks he’s worth in a FREE market.

        • benster04

          greedy because he is asking more than the elite ends and is threatening to hold off his surgery after he demanded more than his original price…so yes greedy…get your FREE facts straight!

          • troll_smasher

            He can ask for as much as he wants to ask if he feels he’s that good. Also, he has a right to change his mind if he wants more. Make you call Jerry greedy when ticket, concession prices go up, and add to his riches.

  3. imindless

    Way too much 18 million per year seems about right. He is a tier bellow mack, miller, donald. But if this handicaps the cowboys down the road im all for it

    • jjabrony

      So Cowboys are gonna pay him about 20 mil/yr, gonna have to pay Amari Cooper about 18 mil/yr in 2020, and Dak’s contract is coming up too and right now every indication is they still like him and are going to pay him too, so that will easily be at least 25 mil/yr…This is literally the exact scenario the Raiders avoided by keeping Carr and trading Mack and Coop for draft picks…They didn’t want to pay all three of those positions huge contracts and be stifled by them. I admit the Cowboys are closer to winning now than the Raiders are, who are clearly in full rebuild mode, but it will be interesting to see how these two teams look in a 2-3 yrs.

      • Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

        25M? Duk is looking for around 30. Cooper 18M, let’s say for arguments sake Lawrence 21M. That’s gonna be almost 70M over 1/3 of Dallas future cap space on 3 players. This loaded roster that the braintrust has put together better win one soon because there isn’t enough $ to go around once those 3 get paid.

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