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Here's the beef DeMarcus Lawrence has with Cowboys and their $20.5M franchise tag

A month ago, it was a no-brainer for the Dallas Cowboys.

DeMarcus Lawrence was the spine of the defense, an undeniable "program guy” with two seasons of top level pass-rush production and a desire to spend his prime years playing for the only franchise he has ever known. All that stood in the way was ownership surrendering a unicorn contract on its best defensive player before March 5.

Would it be expensive? Certainly. But that’s the risk Dallas took a year ago, pushing negotiations beyond the expected contract extensions of Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack.

When teams wait to extend top-shelf talent in the NFL, the market around that player inevitably goes up. It’s what happened to Dallas with Lawrence, who could have been had more cheaply last offseason – before the Donald and Mack deals raised the salary floor for top defensive players. Instead, the Cowboys waited and cornered themselves into an offseason when there’s apparently not enough extension money to go around. In turn, Lawrence is now angry and insulted. Largely because Dallas started extension negotiations with a lower than expected opening offer that sent the message he was going to be headed for another franchise tag.

That tag came this week. And the "no-brainer” move of the offseason officially entered "no brains” territory.

Harsh? Maybe. The Cowboys made a succession of eyes-wide-shut decisions that have put them into an adversarial position against a player that is the epitome of what they supposedly want for the team’s culture.

Randy Gregory? The Cowboys know he isn’t remotely reliable.

David Irving? Has he even proven that he likes playing football? For two years, the franchise has kept both players in the fold, bending over backward in hopes they would get themselves together and make good on their considerable talents. All the while, Lawrence spent 2017 and 2018 refining himself into one of the top edge rushers in the NFL, while also earning his way into the leadership ranks of the team.

That is the guy a team bends over backward for. That is the guy a team is happy to pay. Not just because he’s the club’s best edge rusher and makes others around him better, but because he’s a pillar that a front office can continue to build around for the next five years. Unlike so many other unreliable players Dallas has paid in the past, Lawrence is one who actually helps create the Super Bowl window … not just take advantage of it.

This is something the Cowboys should have considered last offseason, when they knew it was likely going to have to address Dak Prescott’s contract and knew that Ezekiel Elliott would be looking for a big, fat raise. It’s also something the franchise should have considered when it acquired Amari Cooper and almost instantly started talking about a potential extension for him – before he’d even proven he deserved one down the stretch.

Players notice these realities. Particularly when they were tagged and denied free agency the previous offseason, and were wary of having to go through the whole ordeal again. The franchise tag, which Lawrence has not signed, is valued at $20.5 million for 2019. He played last year under the tag for $17.1 million

This all is likely going through Lawrence’s mind right now. The team can’t say enough good things about Prescott. It’s already acknowledging that it’s going to basically back up the Brinks truck for Elliott. And it’s in love with the idea of getting Cooper extended.

But Lawrence? Well hey, Dallas wants to eventually get his deal done, too. But it’s more than happy to use another franchise tag until it feels like the numbers suit the team. Meanwhile, Lawrence is more than likely going to sit out the entire offseason program and even delay his shoulder surgery until a deal gets done. And the longer that surgery gets delayed, the longer Lawrence's recovery eats into the months that follow. It isn’t the kind of thing Dallas’ defense can afford when so many other pass rush specialists are getting popped with indefinite league suspensions.

https://sports.yahoo.com/heres-the-beef-de-marcus-lawrence-has-with-cowboys-and-their-205-m-franchise-tag-231551076.html

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On 3/4/2019 at 12:28 PM, dawkins4prez said:

Jason Witten will not have 20 receptions.

You don't think he could average 2 per game? 

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30 minutes ago, paco said:

You don't think he could average 2 per game? 

You think he will play 16?

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2 hours ago, dawkins4prez said:

You think he will play 16?

He hasn't missed a game since 2006.  So yes.

 

ear Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2003 DAL 15 7 35 347 9.9 36T 1 0 0
2004 DAL 16 15 87 980 11.3 42T 6 2 1
2005 DAL 16 16 66 757 11.5 34 6 0 0
2006 DAL 16 15 64 754 11.8 42 1 0 0
2007 DAL 16 16 96 1,145 11.9 53 7 1 1
2008 DAL 16 16 81 952 11.8 42 4 0 0
2009 DAL 16 16 94 1,030 11.0 69 2 0 0
2010 DAL 16 16 94 1,002 10.7 33 9 1 1
2011 DAL 16 16 79 942 11.9 64 5 1 0
2012 DAL 16 16 110 1,039 9.4 36 3 0 0
2013 DAL 16 16 73 851 11.7 34 8 0 0
2014 DAL 16 16 64 703 11.0 34 5 0 0
2015 DAL 16 16 77 713 9.3 35 3 1 1
2016 DAL 16 16 69 673 9.8 35 3 1 1
2017 DAL 16 16 63 560 8.9 28T 5 1 1
Career 239 229 1,152 12,448 10.8 69 68 8 6

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6 minutes ago, paco said:

He hasn't missed a game since 2006.  So yes.

 

ear Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2003 DAL 15 7 35 347 9.9 36T 1 0 0
2004 DAL 16 15 87 980 11.3 42T 6 2 1
2005 DAL 16 16 66 757 11.5 34 6 0 0
2006 DAL 16 15 64 754 11.8 42 1 0 0
2007 DAL 16 16 96 1,145 11.9 53 7 1 1
2008 DAL 16 16 81 952 11.8 42 4 0 0
2009 DAL 16 16 94 1,030 11.0 69 2 0 0
2010 DAL 16 16 94 1,002 10.7 33 9 1 1
2011 DAL 16 16 79 942 11.9 64 5 1 0
2012 DAL 16 16 110 1,039 9.4 36 3 0 0
2013 DAL 16 16 73 851 11.7 34 8 0 0
2014 DAL 16 16 64 703 11.0 34 5 0 0
2015 DAL 16 16 77 713 9.3 35 3 1 1
2016 DAL 16 16 69 673 9.8 35 3 1 1
2017 DAL 16 16 63 560 8.9 28T 5 1 1
Career 239 229 1,152 12,448 10.8 69 68 8 6

Yeah. But being off a year when you are old...its not the same as if you kept playing IMO

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8 minutes ago, boogyman said:

Yeah. But being off a year when you are old...its not the same as if you kept playing IMO

I get that.  And injury can happen to anyone at any time.

 

But given how insanely durable he has been, missing games probably isn't the best way to back a prediction like a sub 20 catch season.

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Just now, paco said:

I get that.  And injury can happen to anyone at any time.

 

But given how insanely durable he has been, missing games probably isn't the best way to back a prediction like a sub 20 catch season.

Oh no. I wouldnt bet on him missing games. But the potential goes way up with his circumstances. Even younger players who hold out or are suspended seem to get injured at a much higher frequency.

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4 hours ago, paco said:

I get that.  And injury can happen to anyone at any time.

 

But given how insanely durable he has been, missing games probably isn't the best way to back a prediction like a sub 20 catch season.

Well that's exactly what I'm predicting. 

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6 hours ago, boogyman said:

Dak's dog bit off part of a womans finger.

That’s unfortunate. He should probably be put down for that. 

 

 

 

As for the dog, he just needs better training.  

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19 minutes ago, EagleJoe8 said:

That’s unfortunate. He should probably be put down for that. 

 

 

 

As for the dog, he just needs better training.  

Yeah. Ruff week for Dallas.

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Prescott's two dogs were found loose in the front yard of the 50-year-old woman's home after biting and tearing her wooden fence, according to a complaint filed by a Frisco Animal Services supervisor. They had gotten loose because a door hadn't been closed, court documents said, though it was unclear if the reference was to a door at Prescott's home.

Bad pet owners are bad

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3 hours ago, paco said:

Bad pet owners are bad

Dak had 2 prior warnings before too.

Maybe spend less time partying with your phallus water pistols and more time training your animals.

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46 minutes ago, Quiet Boy said:

Dak had 2 prior warnings before too.

Maybe spend less time partying with your phallus water pistols and more time training your animals.

In that case jail time is in order I think. A suspension too.

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2 hours ago, pisceschica said:

So glad earl thimas didn’t sign with them 😅 

 

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Several of those teams haven't done anything in free agency

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7 minutes ago, bwestbrook36 said:

Several of those teams haven't done anything in free agency

More like 4 sf, lar, ind, and det 🤷‍♂️

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At one point, Crawford — 6’4″, 285 pounds — bull rushed his way through two cops and aggressively put his hands on TWO officers who were in the process of handcuffing one of the alleged combatants.

Multiple cops swarmed Crawford and restrained him — while pushing him away from the arrest scene.”

 

https://www.totalprosports.com/2019/03/19/dallas-cowboys-tyrone-crawford-shoves-cops-during-bar-brawl

 

 

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Saw Dallas signed Randall Cobb. If it were 5 years ago, I would care more. But he hasn't been the same since his ACL injury.

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Just saw pictures of the persons hand that Daks dog bit. Wow it's really bad. Not going to post it because some are squeamish but it's pretty easy to find.

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57 minutes ago, boogyman said:

Just saw pictures of the persons hand that Daks dog bit. Wow it's really bad. Not going to post it because some are squeamish but it's pretty easy to find.

Severed finger? S/he better sue for at least $10Mi for personal injury especially if the dog has any prior incidents. 

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15 minutes ago, pisceschica said:

Severed finger? S/he better sue for at least $10Mi for personal injury especially if the dog has any prior incidents. 

Looked like about half her ring finger was gone along with damage to other fingers. It was pretty bad IMO

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