The Dallas Cowboys would like to lock up DeMarcus Lawrence for the future, but the defensive end is not budging in contract negotiations.
According to reports, Lawrence and the Cowboys have reached a stalemate in contract extension negotiations.
Lawrence continues to ask for more and more money, and the Cowboys are willing improve their offer, but can’t seem to match the price tag the 26-year-old is demanding. Dallas has reportedly submitted a six-year, $120 million offer to their defenseman, but the star edge rusher turned the deal down.
The gridlock continues as Lawrence has asked for a long-term contract worth at least $22.5 million per year. Dallas’ latest offer sits at an AAV of $20 million, which is the amount Lawrence was asking for earlier in the offseason. He’s since raised the price tag on his own services.
The Cowboys franchise tagged the former Boise State Bronco this offseason for the second consecutive year. This time around, Lawrence reportedly wants his long-term future settled before he reports to the team. The edge-rusher is also reportedly delaying offseason shoulder surgery until he is given a long-term extension, something which should worry the Cowboys.
Lawrence’s desired $22.5 million-per-year deal would be equal to the deal Rams DT Aaron Donald signed recently, and would see him earn $1 million fewer than Bears star defender Khalil Mack.
Over the past two years, Lawrence has recorded more sacks, tackles, and tackles for loss than Mack, so he certainly deserves a contract to reflect his hard work on defense.