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No Surprise: Deadline Passes Without Long-Term Deal For Cowboys & Lawrence

July 16, 2018 - 3:04 pm
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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - The 4 p.m. est. deadline came and went Monday without an agreement between the Dallas Cowboys and pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence.

Lawrence will play the 2018 season under the franchise tag, which will pay him $17.5 million. 

For Lawrence, he was always going to do it his way. 

"I’m not everybody else," Lawrence told 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher in May. "I'm DeMarcus. DeMarcus does what DeMarcus want to do."

Tank did just that and participated in OTAs at the Star in Frisco, regardless of the fact that he desired a long-term deal. 

"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.''

Fish was told as recently as Sunday that negotiations were going nowhere between the two sides.

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.)

The Cowboys and Lawrence are not permitted from discussing a new contract until after the 2018 season.