A few weeks back, I wrote an article explaining why the Dallas Cowboys shouldn’t hesitate to sign Zack Martin to a long-term deal. Clearly, they read my article (a guy can dream, right?) and listened. After making Martin the highest paid offensive guard in football, the Cowboys are set at the offensive line. However, the team still has one big contract extension to handle.
Demarcus Lawrence finally put together a healthy season of play, rewarding the club that selected him after Martin in the 2014 NFL Draft. Lawrence tallied a career-high 14.5 sacks, among the leagues’ best. Without the benefit of a fifth year-option, such as with Zack Martin, the team placed the franchise tag on Lawrence. As such, the defensive end is now in a contract year.
While Lawrence has a concerning history of injuries, and no proven track record of elite play, a pass rush is hard to find. Dominant pass rushers are a rare commodity in today’s NFL. Dallas knows this firsthand, as they struggled to replace Demarcus Ware until last season. Now, they must pay the man who turned around the Dallas pass rush.
The urgency to sign Lawrence hasn’t been as great as the urgency to sign Martin. However, news of David Irving being suspended for four games (again) raises the pressure a bit. With their offensive line signed to long-term deals, the team should ensure the continuity of their defensive front, and extend Demarcus Lawrence.
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