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Cowboys assign franchise tag to DeMarcus Lawrence for second straight year

Posted: 4:09 PM, Mar 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-04 17:09:15-05

The Dallas Cowboys have assigned the franchise tag to pass-rushing specialist DeMarcus Lawrence for a second straight year.

The team and Lawrence are continuing negotiations on a long-term contract with Lawrence, who will turn 27 next month.

The former Boise State standout has made the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons, notching team-leading totals of 14½ sacks in 2017 and 10½ sacks last season.

The franchise tag enables the Cowboys and Lawrence until July 15 to hammer out a new contract. Lawrence doesn’t want to play under the tag for a second-straight season. And a failure to reach an agreement could lead to an extended walkout by Lawrence once training camp begins.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Lawrence made $17.1 million last season . His new contract is expected to pay him at least $20 million a year.