The Dallas Cowboys number one priority this off season is locking up talented DE DeMarcus Lawrence.
According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys and Lawrence are ‘not close’ to a new long-term contract.
Over the last two seasons Lawrence has been the most productive player for a young, talented group that finished 7th in total defense in 2018.
The former second-round pick out of Boise State over the last two seasons has produced 25 sacks.
The Cowboys and Lawrence are trying to avoid the franchise tag for the second year in a row after he signed a franchise tender last year at a little over $17 million.
His tag number this year would be over $20.5 million and according to Hill, ‘barring and unexpected miracle’ the Cowboys may place the franchise tag on him as a placeholder to attempt to workout a long term deal.
Playing with torn labrum during the 2018 season, Lawrence still put together a dominant season with 10.5 sacks and an interception. He will need shoulder surgery this off season to repair the shoulder he played through this past season.
Obtaining a long-term deal is of priority for the Boise State product to ensure his financial future before having to go for surgery.
If he is tagged for the second year in a row the Cowboys have until July 15th to workout a long-term contract with Lawrence.