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Cowboys to place franchise tag on Lawrence, want to work long-term deal

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Kristopher Love | 08 March, 2018, 17:04

"We won't let D-Law not be a Dallas Cowboy next year", Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones told reporters last month.

After Ware left to join the Denver Broncos in 2014, the Cowboys drafted Lawrence in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. With just a week and a half before free agency begins, the Cowboys ensured they'll keep Lawrence's services at least another season by placing the franchise tag on the pro bowler.

The Cowboys hope to work out a long-term contract extension with Lawrence and his agent by the middle of July. "But it's an acceptable value for the Cowboys as well to be able to do a one-year deal".

The Cowboys will have about $20 million in cap space in 2018, but if they have to keep the tag on Lawrence, nearly all of that would be wiped out.

Lawrence was officially hit with the tag on Monday, which means he'll be making at least $17 million for the 2018 season. He sat out the final three regular-season games that season and underwent a second surgery on his back in January 2017.

DeMarcus Lawrence seems to have a positive attitude, all things considered.

While he showed flashes of his potential in his first few seasons, Lawrence put it all together in 2017 and became one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL.

The book is still out on Charlton, but even after Lawrence's emergence, the Cowboys finished 15th in the National Football League in sacks and will need to continue to search for more help on the defensive line. The contract negotiation process has yet to progress far enough in the right direction as he is aiming toward hold an average annual salary around $17 million on his next deal.

"I'm satisfied at where the numbers are".

The franchise tag valued at $17.1 million is a significant step up from his rookie four-year, $5.5 million contract that he has just wrapped up. I see it both ways. It was his first season in which he started all 16 games, and he set new career highs sacks, total tackles, and forced fumbles. LeVeon Bell, Pittsburgh's star running back, skipped the preseason last year after getting tagged and has threatened to do so again this year, if the Steelers use the tag on him for a second time, as they anticipated to do. "To me, the only reason you use a franchise tag is to hopefully protect yourself if you can't get a long-term deal signed that you like". Most recently, the team placed the tag on Dez Bryant following the 2015 season, before eventually agreeing to five-year, $70 million contract with the wide receiver.