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BREAKING: Cowboys Give DE DeMarcus Lawrence Franchise Tag for Second Time

The Dallas Cowboys have once again given star pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence the franchise tag. This will be the second-straight season that the defensive end has been franchised, which isn’t a big surprise as 2019 free agency opens next week.

Lawrence accepted the tag last year and played on a one-year deal for about $17 million. If he does it again this year, he will count $20.5 million against Dallas’ salary cap.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Source: The #Cowboys are franchise tagging star pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence.

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Cowboys tell us they’ve informed Tank Lawrence camp of the tag intentions – and that they wish for negotiations to continue – which they can, on long-term deal, until July 17.

This move comes as no shock after recent reports that the Cowboys and Lawrence were nowhere close in their long-term contract negotiations.

Last year, DeMarcus promised that he would not play 2019 under a second franchise tag. If he stands his ground, we could see a holdout situation similar to what the Steelers went through in 2018 with Le’Veon Bell.

However, we still have some time before a holdout becomes a real concern. Right now the Cowboys are just securing their exclusivity in talks with Lawrence as the offseason continues.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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