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Keeping Irving, Lawrence Gives Cowboys a Top DL

For a long time, the have been looking for a quality to rush the passer and defend the run. In the last few years, has been among the team's top needs season after season. This year though, it won't be about being able to find a new face in March or April.

This time, the Cowboys have two guys that can be the foundation of a very good defensive line. In fact, one of the NFL's finest.

and both have what it takes to destroy opposing offenses and win in the trenches. There's no questioning their talent and their ability to be disruptive. Unfortunately, one can question this team's ability to retain both players.

With limited cap room, the Cowboys will need to get to work if they want to keep them. A few weeks ago, I wrote about DeMarcus Lawrence and how he could be franchise tagged by the team. Even if they decide to tag Tank, their cap space will be reduced to a couple millions.

We know that the Cowboys want Lawrence to stay in Dallas, and he probably will be an priority. At least he should be. However, we're not so sure about what the wants to do with David Irving.

David Irving, Redskins
Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving

has even said that “It'd be real difficult to figure out something long-term with David.” It may not be easy, but they should definitely try to keep the guy. Being a , the Cowboys will be able to place a tender on him (if you haven't read it, this restricted free agency explanation by Jess Haynie is a must-read).

If they place a tender on Irving (which is projected to be around $3M), Dallas would get a second round pick from the team who matches their offer.

“The of finding a day-one starter who will perform better than Irving did in 2017 (when healthy and available) with a day two pick are not great. They would likely take a step back at the 3-technique position in the now, while hoping the improvement would come over time.” Staff Writer Kevin Brady on David Irving and the Cowboys.

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Finding someone like Irving won't be as easy as it may seem. He's not one of the best-known names in the league, but he's played like one of the best players in the NFL.

For the Dallas Cowboys, this offseason will determine the future of the franchise. With a young and talented , they have the chance to keep two guys who'll turn this defensive line into a very scary one.

Moves will have to be made, but Dallas could go into the with a very solid . In a year in which have featured amazing defensive units, that's a reason to be optimistic. It's time for this front office to make tough decisions. Let's hope they do a good job and hopefully, we get a dominant defense.

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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Suave Freddie

Cowboys need to do this thing with David Irving. He was a beast when he played.The quarterbacks were afraid of him when he played. Imagine having that kind of line each week. So, Yea, work a contract with Irving and make it happen.

EverybodyTalks

…and Hitchens!!
If we are talking the Front 7.

Mauricio Rodriguez

Agreed! Thanks for reading

Mauricio Rodriguez

I agree, he’s been insanely good. Hopefully they find a way to keep them. Thank you for reading!

Tamzombren Lauderdale

Either way it goes, theyll make the wrong decision, its just what Ive come 2 expect from this team, & last nights SB just further proved 2 me that we have no idea wtf we r doing !! Philly went from just about worst , 2 first n 2 seasons & won wit a backup QB, we cant even win a gm if we lose a LB thats ALWAYS hurt or our LT !! The front office & HC on this team are a bunch of morons

Mauricio Rodriguez

Hopefully they find a way to make it work. These guys would be amazing together if they can return in 2018.

John Williams

They’ll figure it out for Irving. He’s a dominant player in the middle and they can create enough cap room to make sure he, Lawrence, and Martin all get taken care of.

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