Cowboys news: DeMarcus Lawrence still the elephant in all the rooms

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Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence average annual salary demands have $2M+ gap – K.D. Drummond, Cowboys Wire
The standoff continues.
The Dallas Cowboys and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence continue to be at odds over what each side think Lawrence’s services should cost for the 2019 season and beyond. Already slapped with a second consecutive franchise tag for $20.6 million, Lawrence has vowed not to take part in team activities until a long-term deal is done. He’s also made it known he’s delaying shoulder surgery, which comes with a 3-4 month recovery window until he places a signature on a multi-year deal.
Lawrence played good soldier in 2018, playing under the franchise tag with no disruption and taking part in all of the team’s offseason activities. After proving his worth, he wants the guaranteed money that comes with a big deal.
Cowboys offer DeMarcus Lawrence average salary of $20 million, but his sights are set higher – Calvin Watkins, The Athletic
Numbers are starting to emerge in the negotiation.
“Right now, the best way to describe it is we’re at an impasse,” Jones said Tuesday afternoon from the NFL owners meetings. “We’re apart. But certainly optimistic. No one thinks more of DeMarcus Lawrence than we do. He represents what we want on our football team, in terms of the way he plays the game. He certainly plays it at a high level. We’ll continue to chop wood.”
The gap between the sides continues to widen. According to multiple sources, Lawrence’s demands increased in the last few weeks. He went from asking for an average salary of $20 million per season to $22.5 million. Last month, the Cowboys were unwilling to give Lawrence a $20 million average, but have since increased their offer to that point. Sources indicate the Cowboys are willing to give Lawrence a six-year contract that would make him the highest-paid 4-3 defensive end in the NFL with an average salary of $20 million. Lawrence, according to sources, is seeking more.

 

DeMarcus Lawrence Has the Leverage in Cowboys Contract Talks ✭ Jess Haynie, Inside the Star
There is a reason a war of leaks has broken out about the contract negotiations.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, their bargaining position is far from reliable. Between the overall DE market, Dallas’ roster, and their lack of high draft picks, they are almost dependent on DeMarcus’ return to maintain a championship-caliber defense next year.
The consensus top-four defensive ends in free agency this year were Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney (Texans), Trey Flowers (Patriots), and Frank Clark (Seahawks). Three of them, Lawrence, Clowney, and Clark, were franchised by their previous teams. Flowers signed a five-year, $90 million deal to join the Detroit Lions.
The Flowers deal, averaging $18 million per year, didn’t even set the floor for conversations with these other players. They’re all looking at the $23.5 million that Chicago’s Khalil Mack averages as a much closer measure for the money they deserve.
Amid the uncertainty, Cowboys say defensive line remains No. 1 need – Mike Fisher, 247 Sports
Another way of showing just how crucial it is to get the Lawrence situation right.
And now we’re talking. Irving is not a football player. Lawrence is not signed. Gregory is not cleared. Little wonder, then, that in a moment of frankness, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones offers a hint as to what his roster desire is.
“I would still categorize (defensive line) as our No. 1 need,” Jones said.
Tackles Kerry Hyder and Christian Covington have been signed in free agency. Maliek Collins, Tyrone Crawford, Antwaun Woods, Taco Charlton, Dorance Armstrong … there are helpful players in this position group. But the trade pursuit of Miami defensive end Quinn is real. The examination of Ansah should be. This NFL Draft, in which the Cowboys don’t have a first-round pick (due to the Amari Cooper swap), is “more in-depth than it’s been in many years,” Jones said, offering another hint.
Do Cowboys View Robert Quinn As A DeMarcus Lawrence Replacement? ✭ Kevin Brady, Inside the Star
A cautionary tale for those who think getting a trade done for Robert Quinn would allow Dallas to move on from Lawrence.
It’s become fair to ask if the Cowboys view Robert Quinn as a DeMarcus Lawrence replacement, rather than a compliment to the elite pass rusher.
Last offseason, the Cowboys signed veteran wide receiver Allen Hurns to bolster their broad outgroup. Many, like myself, praised the move at first because I believed he was a better number 2 or 3 option than anyone Dallas had on the roster at the time.
Instead, they cut Dez Bryant and went into the regular season with Hurns as their number 1 outside receiver. The results were not good, and Dallas ended up trading their first round pick for Amari Cooper to sure-up the top end of their receiving corps.
Report: Cowboys have concerns on longterm health of Robert Quinn – Partik “No C” Walker, 247 Sports
A new facet has emerged in the Cowboys pursuit of a trade for DE Robert Quinn.
Their desire for him is far from being news, but what has been reported recently indeed is.
According to Calvin Watkins of The Athletic, although Quinn passed the Cowboys’ physical, they gave him a “3-Grade”.
In other words, while they have no concerns about his health, for now, they are concerned about it in the long-term.