FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys are positioning the franchise tag on defensive stop DeMarcus Lawrence for the next straight calendar year.
Tuesday is the NFL’s official deadline for groups to use the franchise tag, but it is also a placeholder to carry on negotiating a contract extension with the Professional Bowl go rusher. July 15 is the deadline to achieve a extensive-phrase deal with a franchised participant prior to the begin of the period.
Lawrence performed past period on a one particular-calendar year franchise tag value a certain $17.1 million. The league’s franchise tag determine for defensive ends is roughly $20.5 million, according to reports.
Contract extension talks ongoing all through past week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis with the Cowboys generating a official supply to Lawrence’s camp. Cowboys main running officer Stephen Jones said Tuesday he’s “very confident” that each sides will sooner or later achieve an arrangement, however he would not position a timeline on a deal.
“Obviously, D-Law is a precedence,” Jones said past Tuesday. “He performed less than the franchise tag and did it in a quite respectful way and performed his butt off. I do think he’s to start with up.”
Lawrence, the Cowboys’ next-round pick in 2014, has performed two straight full seasons and made two straight Professional Bowls due to the fact undergoing again surgical treatment immediately after the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He has tallied 25 total sacks in that span.
Lawrence has still to have surgical treatment for an outdated labrum damage he aggravated past October versus the Texans when his shoulder briefly popped out of position. He appeared in all 18 games, like playoffs, and finished with 10.5 sacks.
Lawrence has said regularly he wishes to be a Cowboy for a extensive time.
“I acquired big ambitions not just for me but for us as a crew and as an firm,” he advised reporters at the Professional Bowl in January. “So I come to feel freely to notify the firm, I really like staying a Cowboy. And I really like participating in tough.”