FRISCO, Texas — Unable to achieve an settlement on a long-term deal earlier than the deadline, the Dallas Cowboys on Monday used the franchise-tag designation on Professional Bowl defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence for the second consecutive 12 months, a supply confirmed.
Not like final 12 months, the Cowboys hope to work out an extension with Lawrence earlier than the July 15 deadline to play the season on the tag.
NFL Community first reported the Cowboys had once more used the franchise tag on Lawrence.
By tagging Lawrence, the Cowboys pays him at the least $20.5 million in 2019 if they can’t attain a deal on a contract. Lawrence made $17.1 million final season.
Tuesday is the deadline for NFL groups to franchise gamers, and two groups have already locked down their stars.
A 12 months in the past, Lawrence accepted the tag with none points because the Cowboys hoped he might repeat his Professional Bowl-level of play from 2017, when he had 14.5 sacks.
He’s not anticipated to be as gracious about it in 2019. Lawrence just isn’t anticipated to indicate as much as the offseason program, organized staff actions, minicamp and even coaching camp and not using a long-term deal. It’s doable he might miss regular-season motion as properly, like Pittsburgh Steelers operating again Le’Veon Bell did final 12 months in skipping the complete season.
Lawrence completed the 2018 season with 10.5 sacks and 39 quarterback pressures. The coaches credited him with 47 tackles and 12 tackles for loss. He additionally had an interception, a fumble restoration and compelled two fumbles, whereas enjoying by a shoulder damage.
He grew to become the primary Cowboys participant to put up back-to-back seasons with double-digit sacks since DeMarcus Ware in 2011-12.
Lawrence had 5 of his 10.5 sacks within the first 4 video games, and he closed the season with a sack in every of the ultimate two video games. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli considers Lawrence probably the greatest defensive linemen within the recreation — not simply due to his go dashing skill, but in addition his willingness to play the run.
The Cowboys traded up within the second spherical of the 2014 draft to take Lawrence with the 34th general decide. His rookie 12 months was hampered by a foot damage suffered in coaching camp, however he had two sacks within the two playoff video games. In 2015, he led the Cowboys with eight sacks.
After that season, he had his first of two again surgical procedures and had only one sack in 2016 after lacking the primary 4 video games of the season due to a suspension. The Cowboys sat him for the ultimate three video games of the common season as a way to get him more healthy for the playoffs.
The second surgical procedure after the 2016 season corrected the disk challenge, and he has not missed a recreation since. On the Professional Bowl, Lawrence stated he would wish shoulder surgical procedure, however a supply stated he must be positive by coaching camp.
Lawrence doesn’t flip 27 till April, becoming into the Cowboys’ long-held need to maintain their younger gamers, akin to what they’ve executed not too long ago with offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.
With Lawrence tagged and the edges having three months to work out a long-term deal, the Cowboys can flip their consideration to Cole Beasley and their different remaining unrestricted free brokers. In addition they want to get offers executed for extensive receiver Amari Cooper, quarterback Dak Prescott and doubtlessly operating again Ezekiel Elliott and cornerback Byron Jones.