FRISCO, Texas — Struggling to reach an agreement on a long-term deal ahead of the deadline, the Dallas Cowboys on Monday used the franchise-tag designation on Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence for its 2nd successive year, a source confirmed.
Unlike this past year, the Cowboys hope to work through an expansion with Lawrence until the July 15 deadline to play the summer season.
NFL Network first noted that the Cowboys had used the franchise tag.
By tagging Lawrence, the Cowboys will pay him at least $20.5 million in 2019 when it is impossible for them to reach a deal on a contract.
One year ago, Lawrence accepted the tag without any problems whilst the Cowboys hoped he would repeat his Pro Bowl-level of play from 2017, when he had 14.5 sacks.
He’s not expected to be gracious about this in 2019. Lawrence is not expected to arrive for minicamp , organized team activities, the system or maybe training camp. It’s likely he can miss regular season action also, like Pittsburgh Steelers running Le’Veon Bell did this past year. Bell skipped the season.
Lawrence finished the 2018 season with 10.5 sacks and 3-9 quarterback worries. The trainers imputed him with 47 tackles and 12 tackles for loss. While playing a shoulder injury he also had a fumble recovery, an interception and forced two fumbles.
He became the first Cowboys player to post back-to-back seasons together using doubledigit sacks since DeMarcus Ware at 2011 12.
Lawrence had five of his sacks in 2018’s first 4 games, and he shut the season in each of the last two games with a sack. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli considers Lawrence one of their better defensive linemen in the match — not simply because of his pass-rushing talent, but also his willingness.
The Cowboys traded up in the second round of this 2014 draft to accept Lawrence together using the 34th overall selection. He had two sacks in the two play off games , although his rookie year was hampered with a foot injury suffered in training camp. With eight sacks, he led the Cowboys in 2015.
Next season , he had 1 bag in 2016 and had his first of two surgeries after finishing the first 4 games of this season due to a suspension. Him sat for the last 3 games of the season as a way to make him more healthy for the play offs.
The surgery, after the 2016 season, adjusted the disc issue and he has not missed. At the Pro Bowl,” Lawrence said he’d need shoulder surgery, however a source said he should be fine by training camp.
Lawrence does not turn 27 until April, fitting to the Cowboys’ long-held urge to continue to keep their young players, such as what they have achieved with offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick along with Zack Martin.
With Lawrence labeled and the sides having three months to workout a long-term deal, the Cowboys can turn their focus to Cole Beasley along with also their other staying unrestricted free agents.