The Dallas Cowboys could put the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence beginning Tuesday, but they apparently do not want to be forced into using that option. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that the Cowboys hope to reach agreement with Lawrence on a long-term contract extension before the March 5 deadline for franchise tags.
The Cowboys tagged Lawrence last season and he made $17.1 million. This year, under the franchise tag, he would earn $20.5 million. But much like Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh, who was tagged two years in a row, Lawrence, 26, has been clear in his desire not play under the franchise tag.
The Star-Telegram reported he is seeking a multi-year deal worth upward of that $20.5 million tag amount. The report added that if he does not receive an extension, he likely will skip the offseason program, minicamps, and perhaps training camp and some regular season games. He also could delay shoulder surgery he needs. The past two seasons, Lawrence has a combined 25 sacks, 49 quarterback hits and 122 combined tackles. The Cowboys selected the Boise State.product in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
--Field Level Media