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    If The Cowboys Won’t “Take Care Of” DeMarcus Lawrence, Who Will They Take Care Of?

    The have been very quiet thus far in , even more quiet than expected. They've sat out the first wave of, what they perceive to be, overpaid players to allow the second and third tier guys to hopefully fall to them on a discount.

    The idea is, or at least the idea they sell fans is, that they can't “over” spend on talented players like because they need that extra money to take care of their own. The Cowboys strategy is to draft well, hit on their picks, and re-sign their own when the time comes.

    When you draft well you obtain players worthy of long term contracts. Players who are “homegrown” and committed to the franchise's direction. This all makes logical sense.

    But, well, are the Cowboys going to actually take care of their own?

    If you ask DeMarcus Lawrence, I doubt that he'd feel very “taken care of” at the moment. Dallas franchise tagged Lawrence to avoid letting him hit the free market, giving themselves an extended period to negotiate an extension. Lawrence, who played on the tag last season, is looking for a lengthy and expensive extension with the Cowboys.

    The Cowboys, on the other hand, appear to be looking to nickel and dime him any way that they can. Rather than him to an extension worth about $17 million a year last they elected to make him “prove it” to them again. Because of and some up-and-down play in the past, the tag made sense.

    He proved it, though, having one of the best seasons of his career and continuing to excel as one of the top players in all of football. Now the market says he's worth much more than $17 million a season, and would get over $20 million on the open market in free agency.

    He's earned his contract. He's earned that top tier money. And it's time the Cowboys actually take care of their own, rather than simply saying they will do so.

    It's still early in the process, there is no doubt, but this is off to somewhat of an ugly start. If a player's likes and NFL “insider” rumors are any indication (I readily admit they might not be), Lawrence and the Cowboys are further away than fans would hope for.

    We have about six months before a meaningful game is played, and a Lawrence extension still remains likely prior to week one. But despite what Cowboys' media and fans want to say and believe, sometimes the national guys do get it right. And those national guys are wondering if Lawrence and the Cowboys are in for an ugly summer, with holdouts and in-fighting rather than good-faith negotiations.

    For the sake of the Dallas Cowboys, I hope this is not the case. Luckily, I do think they will get an extension done, and DeMarcus Lawrence will have a long term deal with the Cowboys before September.

    But if this is botched as badly as the early signs point to it being, Dallas' whole free agency philosophy could fall on its face. Upsetting their defensive leader, and one the best players on their team, would do serious damage to the loyalty and commitment players feel with the franchise.

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    Because if you're a player on the team and seeing the have trouble “taking care of” DeMarcus Lawrence, what are you supposed to expect when your contract is up?

    's most heralded skill is his ability to get his players to fight for him, but the front office could sabotage that ability if these negotiations don't go well.

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    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Bradyhttps://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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    James A. Howerton

    I agree. This is ridiculous. Sign the guy to a big time contract. He’s not only earned it and deserves it but if the Cowboys goal is to lure talented FAs here, it’s imperative they get this deal done. Jerry whined last year he needed a “War Daddy” and he’s got one. Could have had him last year for $17 million per year. Now the price is $20 mil per year. Pay it and get it frigging done! Now that Gregory is done (you can stick a fork in him) DLaw is our only true consistent threat as a PR. Sign him!!!!!!

    Cody

    He isn’t worth $20 million and very few are.

    James A. Howerton

    No, he’s not and not only very few are buy IMO none are. But that’s around the price and we need to get him signed.

    elindio42

    I think the Cowboys are seeing and realizing the decline of Lawrence. His production drastically dropped during the last four or five games last season. Apparently he was injured enough to require surgery, but he shows no inclination or urgency to get it done.

    James A. Howerton

    He shows no urgency to get it done because if Dallas waits to see what other teams will offer for him then he has to pass the other team’s physical. That shoulder is still usable but is far from 100%. His skills aren’t declining, he’s actually just entered his prime. Remember when they cut DeMarcus Ware? They thought he was on his last legs, too. But Denver signed him, he had a couple of good years for them and helped make their D dominant enough to win a SB. I say SIGN HIM. The sooner they do, the sooner he gets that shoulder operated on gets back to 100%. Jerry wanted a “war daddy”, finally got one and now he doesn’t want to pay him the going rate. If you want to attract talented FAs, then you have to take care of your own players first. DLaw has done nothing but play his ass off for us EVERY play he’s been on the field. He’s not just a great pass rusher but is pretty good against the run. And he doesn’t take plays off, never gets in trouble and is an outstanding leader. We can’t afford NOT to sign him.

    elindio42

    He was in trouble in college.

    James A. Howerton

    Yeah man but he’s stayed out of trouble ever since he’s been on our team. Lots of kids get in trouble when they’re young but what they do with their life after that is what counts.