Cowboys OTAs: Tank Lawrence Will Keep Doing It His Way

Mike Fisher
May 29, 2018 - 9:42 am
DeMarcus Lawrence

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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - DeMarcus Lawrence is going to do this his way.

"I’m not everybody else," said Lawrence, the Dallas Cowboys sack leader who is presently playing under the terms of his one-year franchise-tag contract. "I'm DeMarcus. DeMarcus does what DeMarcus want to do."

Translated, Tank Lawrence is planning to participate in this week's OTAs 2 at The Star in Frisco, regardless of the fact that he's desirous of a long-term deal that would end speculation and secure his financial future for life.

"I don’t really care," said Lawrence about playing under the franchise tag. "If I keep getting my stats and helping my team win, they won’t have a choice but to sign me.''

I'm told negotiations are going nowhere right now, and with a July 16 deadline to arrange a new deal, it's likely that Lawrence and his $17.5 million for 2018 is close to locked in.

What both parties hope: Lawrence will stage a repeat performance of 2017, when his career-best 14.5 sacks left him tied for second-most in the NFL and sent him to his first Pro Bowl. Ideally, that would make easier the decision to give him a "Cowboy For Life'' deal after this season, one that Lawrence's side surely thinks should be in the same range as the Giants' Olivier Vernon has. (That's not just $17 for one year; it averages $17 mil over the course of five years, and was negotiated by David Canter, who also happens to rep Lawrence.)

For now, the Cowboys have their in-house evaluation from coordinator Rod Marinelli, who said last week, that in his opinion, Tank is an elite guy.

"In my opinion,'' he said. "Just watch the tape. I don't care about the numbers as much as the tape."

Right now, DeMarcus Lawrence is not thinking about a certain other set of numbers. He's just Tank being Tank.