The Cowboys will use their franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Lawrence was a force to be reckoned with this past season racking up 14.5 sacks. That was good for second in the NFL, behind only Chandler Jones of the Cardinals.
Cowboys not meeting an agreement with Lawrence on a long term deal is no surprise. A lot of teams are hesitant to commit long term to pass rushers coming off one great season. Especially with the future large contracts of Dak and Zeke looming over the front office. Can’t overpay for a pass rusher that may never reach that career high sack total again. Also, Randy Gregory comes back from his suspension this season, if he somehow cleans up his act and can be the pass rusher he was drafted to be, then they won’t have to pay Lawrence. The odds of that occurring are slim to none, so I wouldn’t bank on that.
Cowboys will have to cough up a decent chunk of change with the franchise tag to bring Lawrence back, however it doesn’t handcuff them long term. If he has another solid season then maybe he’s the real deal, and it’d be time to commit long term. Like I said before, the future contracts of Dak and Zeke will greatly factor into the equation of how money is spent in the next couple of off-seasons. Regardless, DeMarcus Lawrence will be back with the Cowboys for at least one more season.