The Dallas Cowboys have a huge decision to make for the future of this organization.
Will a big year from DeMarcus Lawrence secure a long-term deal?
With the need for a pass rush, the Cowboys used their first-round pick to select Michigan edge rusher Taco Charlton. Charlton’s addition could be huge for current defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. His arrival might allow Lawrence to move back to his more dominant side of the line.
Lawrence has been a major disappointment since being drafted by the Cowboys in the second-round of the 2014 NFL draft. The former Boise State pass rusher was someone that the Cowboys hoped would become that elite pass rusher on the edge for this defense. Whether it was due to his play on the field of his off-field issue early, Lawrence has not been that player they had hoped.
Per thelandryhat.com, the team from a personnel standpoint seems to be saying that they do not want Lawrence to leave but they are prepared for his departure if a bidding war ensues over his contract in free agency.
Lawrence won’t be a Cowboy unless he has a phenomenal season. But that isn’t even a guarantee with the future contracts on the horizon!
— CowboysFootball.com (@CowboysNFLNews) July 11, 2017
Lawrence will be a free agent in 2018 and with the need for pass rushers, it may be pricey to keep him in Dallas. Some still view Lawrence as a play maker for this team, just based on his eight-sack season in 2015. In my eyes, that is the minimum number of sacks he will need to record in 2017 to have any shot at coming back for a second contract stint.
With the emergence of David Irving on the outside and Maliek Collins inside, Dallas has young play makers. At least, in potential they do, both Collins and Irving had nice seasons in 2016. Add in the fact that the team used a high pick on Charlton and we might be seeing the final year for the once high thought of edge rusher.
Cowboys guard Zack Martin will be due for a major pay day in the next year, if not ealier. Along with Martin, the Cowboys will have some additional decisions to make on offense. Dallas will have to make an even bigger decision on their quarterback and running back. Both Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are going to get paid handsomely following the completion of their rookie contracts. The Cowboys have some big decisions to make in the next few years, therefore, forcing Lawrence to walk next season.
Do you think the Cowboys will bring back Lawrence for a second contract? Or will the potential of the others on the defensive line allow them to send him on his way?