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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The and their star did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to , teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with who'd been assigned the earlier this . Players who did not get new deals will have to play the on their one-year franchise tenders.

This does not mean Lawrence will be a in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.

Jess Haynie
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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Russ_Te

I would rather pay more after a 2nd proven season, than go right back into cap purgatory by signing a multi-year now and have it turn out like Romo’s last deal did.

Other outcomes can and usually do happen also. Charlton might look better this year and be ready to take over at LDE. Gregory might prove out at RDE.

After 2018 there is a good chance the Cowboys will be one impact F/A away from a conference or league title. You have to have cap $ for that. Let’s have at least a chance for that next offseason.

Steve

Agreed on 1 more season of durability, but we dont need to turn our heads from DLaw either because if and I know it’s a IF he does produce like last season we will have to pony up and pay the man because he deserves it! He’s only 25 I believe and future is bright for the young war daddy! Also Is Romo’s dead money still on Big D’s books because that will help once that is gone as well and Bryant’s was spread over 2 years so we should get some relief there as well and maybe that’s what they are waiting for!

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