The Cowboys are expected to use the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence if they can’t come to a long-term deal before March 6. Since they have not even begun talks with the defensive end’s agent, it seems unlikely the sides will come to an agreement in less than two weeks. Negotiations will begin next week in Indianapolis with Lawrence seeking to become one of the highest-paid defensive ends in the game. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Lawrence is looking for Olivier Vernon money. The Giants defensive end is the league’s highest paid at his position, per overthecap.com, with a yearly average of $17 million. Jason Pierre-Paul‘s contract averages $15.5 million to rank second, just ahead of Calais Campbell‘s $15 million average.
DeMarcus Lawrence wants $17 million a year
Pro Football Talk | Feb 22