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DeMarcus Lawrence | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 265
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (34) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Cowboys signed franchise player LE DeMarcus Lawrence to a one-year, $17.143 million contract.
That didn't take long. Lawrence was slapped with the tag earlier Monday and wasted no time signing it, guaranteeing himself the full $17 million and change for 2018. The two sides have until mid-July to hammer out a long-term deal. Lawrence and Ezekiel Ansah were both tagged ahead of free agency. Mar 5 - 8:09 PM

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Cowboys will apply the franchise tag to LE DeMarcus Lawrence.

The sides will not reach a long-term agreement before Tuesday's deadline, making the tag a formality. The tag is worth roughly $17.5 million for defensive ends. The sides now have until July 16 to reach a long-term agreement. Coming off a 14.5-sack breakout, Lawrence turns 26 next month.
Mar 5 - 1:22 PM

Speaking Thursday, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones emphasized that free agent DE DeMarcus Lawrence will be a Cowboy in 2018, either via a long-term deal or the franchise tag.

"We won't let D-Law not be a Dallas Cowboy next year," were Jones' exact words.'s Tom Pelissero reported earlier Thursday that the sides have yet to engage in long-term talks but will do so at the Combine. The deadline to apply the tag is March 6. After that, the deadline to reach a long-term agreement is July 16.
Feb 22 - 8:55 PM's Tom Pelissero reports the Cowboys have yet to engage in long-term talks with free agent DE DeMarcus Lawrence but plan to do so at the Combine.

This is standard operating procedure. The franchise tag will be slapped on Lawrence sometime in the next two weeks, giving the sides until July 16 to hammer out a long-term agreement. Per Pelissero, Lawrence is seeking "at least" $17 million per season. That's what Olivier Vernon got in 2016.
Feb 22 - 4:12 PM

The Dallas Morning News' David Moore expects the Cowboys to place the franchise tag on DE DeMarcus Lawrence.

Moore says the "goal" is to reach a long-term deal, but it is unlikely that happens before the March 6 deadline to apply the tag. Using the tag will give Dallas more time to negotiate, but it also guarantees Lawrence around $17.5 million for 2018, a number which could make long-term negotiations tricky. Lawrence exploded for 14.5 sacks in his contract year.
Feb 19 - 12:44 PM

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence's agent doesn't think his client will reach free agency.

"I would imagine that they're probably not just letting us get to free agency and leave Dallas," said David Canter. "Whatever that number ends up being remains to be seen. But I do imagine and believe that we'll have multiple conversations over the next month or so." Canter compared Lawrence to one of his other clients, Olivier Vernon, who landed a five-year, $85 million contract when he hit the market in 2016. The Cowboys will sit down with Lawrence's representation at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, which begins on February 28.
Jan 28 - 8:30 AM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said the team wants to avoid using the franchise tag on impending free agent DE DeMarcus Lawrence.

"Our first goal is to sign him to a long-term deal, obviously," Jones said. "To me, the only reason you use a franchise tag is to hopefully protect yourself if you can’t get a long-term deal signed that you like." A second-round pick in 2014, Lawrence recorded eight sacks as a sophomore and exploded for 14.5 in 2017, but he has already undergone two back surgeries in his short career, a history which could complicate long-term negotiations. It will cost Dallas over $17 million to tag Lawrence.
Jan 25 - 9:31 AM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer expects Dallas to use the franchise tag on impending free agent DE DeMarcus Lawrence if they're unable to sign him to a long-term deal.

It's a no-brainer move. The Cowboys have been starved for pass-rush help the past few years, and Lawrence finally gave it to them this past season, amassing 14.5 sacks and forcing four fumbles after combining for nine sacks and two forced fumbles in his first 32 career games. Injuries and suspensions played a part in Lawrence's slow start to his career. Lawrence was Pro Football Focus' No. 3-ranked 4-3 end in 2017. The franchise tag would cost about $17 million.
Jan 17 - 11:59 AM

Cowboys LE Demarcus Lawrence was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.

Lawrence absolutely abused Cardinals RT Jared Veldheer on Monday night, registering three sacks of Carson Palmer and three tackles for loss. He currently leads the conference in sacks with 6.5 and has a commanding lead as Pro Football Focus' top-ranked 4-3 end. Lawrence is in a contract year.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 09:45:00 AM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) will be limited early in training camp.

As will DE Charles Tapper, OG Joe Looney, DE Benson Mayowa, TE Geoff Swaim, and TE James Hanna. Lawrence underwent offseason back surgery for the second year in a row. Limited by that injury and a four-game suspension, the pass rusher was limited to one sack last season after recording eight the year before. Lawrence returning to his 2015 form would be a big boost for the defense.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 03:03:00 PM

Cowboys Executive VP Stephen Jones said DE Demarcus Lawrence will undergo back surgery this offseason.

Just as he did a year earlier. Lawrence led the team with eight sacks in 2015 but only had one this past season. The former second-round pick is heading into the last year of his rookie contract. Jones also mentioned that DT Cedric Thornton will undergo offseason shoulder surgery.
Tue, Jan 24, 2017 06:10:00 PM

Jerry Jones said he expects DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) to play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Packers.

Lawrence may need surgery after the season to repair the back issue which kept him out the final three games, but he plans to play through the injury in the playoffs. Dallas is also expected to get back CB Morris Claiborne (groin) and DT Tyrone Crawford (shoulder, hamstring).
Tue, Jan 10, 2017 11:47:00 AM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence said he might need offseason back surgery.

Lawrence sat out the final three games because of a back issue that bothered him most of the season. Now he could be looking at his second back surgery in as many offseasons. Still, Lawrence said he plans to play through the injury in the playoffs.
Thu, Jan 5, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence said his back is feeling "10 times" better than it was when he first injured it.

Owner Jerry Jones already said he "has a chance" to return for the Cowboys' Divisional Round game and Lawrence seems to share that optimism. David Irving has emerged as a stud for Dallas up front but with Randy Gregory in limbo (he's appealing a year-long suspension), the Cowboys need as much pass-rushing help as they can get. Lawrence hasn't played since Week 14.
Wed, Jan 4, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Jerry Jones said DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) "has a chance" to play in the Divisional Round.

Lawrence was held out the final three weeks with a back injury, but the first playoff game was always the target for his return. If he is able to get in some practice reps this week, he should be good to go. With Randy Gregory's (suspension) availability up in the air, the Cowboys need Lawrence healthy.
Tue, Jan 3, 2017 12:54:00 PM

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MLB1Leighton Vander Esch
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4Byron Jones
5Marquez White
FS1Jeff Heath
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3Marqueston Huff
SS1Xavier Woods
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3Jason Thompson
P1Chris Jones