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Instead of playing another season on the franchise tag, defensive end Demarcus Lawrence appears to be heading for a long-term deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
Per Pro Football Talk Mike Florio the two sides “come close” to a new contract.
Cowboy’s CEO Stephen Jones told reporters in March that negotiations with Lawrence camp were “at an impasse.”
Per the NFL network Mike Garafolo, Lawrence and Cowboys “recently gathered and started talking” and “it has progressed” in their conversations.
Mike Garafolo @ MikeGarafolo  From @nflnetwork: No more “death” on the DeMarcus Lawrence contract front. #Cowboys is making progress in getting a long-term deal for him. https://t.co/X0WbMCfqTR
Cowboysna ensured that Lawrence would remain under his control next season when they placed the franchise tag on him in March.
Lawrence has become one of Cowboy’s best and most important players since they worked out in the second round in 2014. The 26-year-old set a career high of 14.5 sacks in 2017. He helped Dallas win the NFC East last season with a team high 10.5 bags.