Stephen Jones On Lawrence: "He Deserves Everything He's Got Coming To Him"

Josh Clark
October 01, 2018 - 1:05 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence continues to wreak havoc upon offense lines and quarterbacks through the first four games of the season, and ownership is taking notice.

The Cowboys have always wanted to get a deal done with Lawrence, but after a long-term deal wasn't struck in July, Lawrence signed to play under the $17.5 million franchise tag. 

The biggest question the Cowboys faced when it came to paying Lawrence was the unknown when it came to his health. Lawrence was coming off his best season as a pro when he had 14.5 sacks and played in all 16 games in 2017. However, he had missed 14 games in the three seasons prior, so Dallas wanted to see if he could perform and stay on the field in back to back seasons. 

Lawrence has made good on those questions to this point, and he certainly appears to be on his way to getting the long-term deal he desires after putting up three more sacks in yesterday's win over the Detriot Lions.

"I think he definitely deserves everything he's got coming to him. No one respects him more than I do," Jones said on the G-Bag Nation on 105.3 The Fan. "As I said, he's a warrior and he loves to play the game. One of the things I think goes unnoticed with him is not only is he a great pass rusher but he's one of the great run players as well. He's just an all-around great end for us and we're certainly glad to him."

Jones also acknowledged that Lawrence is playing with "rib and a hip" injuries but they aren't considered serious.

Jones was then jokingly told that he needed to say something negative about Lawrence because they still have a contract to negotiate with the pass rusher. 

"Unfortunately, I can't find anything negative to say about him because he's just getting it done and my hat's off to him," Jones said.

Despite entering the season playing under the franchise tag, Lawrence took it in stride.

"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, training camp and now games, 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.''

The Cowboys and Lawrence are not allowed to discuss a new contract until after the 2018 season.