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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can any player. Since 2015, when the tagged before they were able to work out a long-term deal, & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine , 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a “War Daddy” for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the , but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

For now, according to David Moore from , the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit in March. This gives the time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this , as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside , we'll continue updating you and the rest of throughout the offseason.

Mauricio Rodriguez
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I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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Russ_Te

Lawrence stayed healthy last year and he developed a bull rush move that messed up RT’s. He is a great example for guys like Maliek Collins & Taco Charlton – keep working and you will turn corners in your game.

So for his impact now, franchise tag $ is worth it. It would be wise to just go this year with Lawrence and not occupy tons of future $ IMO. Let’s see what his 2018 becomes, and then deal with it again if he is in the same demand next off season.

Now all we need is Randy Gregory at RDE… ;^)

Diana M capetillo

You go Lawrence with that franchise tag made history with all them sacks on the QB you a STAR congratulations and best of everything to you and your family! Glad you playing for Dallas!!

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