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Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence tells the Cowboys: “Your move”

Don’t say that DeMarcus Lawrence is not doing his part in pressuring the Dallas Cowboys into forking out a lucrative long-term offer for the defensive end.

After the Cowboys’ social media team posted a video montage of Lawrence’s highlights from the 2018 NFL season, the back-to-back Pro Bowler (2017, 2018) reacted in a way that brought the focus again to his quest to hit pay dirt on the negotiation table.

The 26-year-old Lawrence obviously wants more than just a recognition of his team through a Twitter video. It’s never been a secret that Lawrence wants the Cowboys to give him a longer and more lucrative contract than anything he’s ever inked before. Whether Dallas relents to his demands, however, is a different topic.

Lawrence is set to hit the free agent market at the end of the current season, but the Cowboys can retain their control of the Boise State product without a multi-year commitment and that’s by applying the franchise tag on him. Lawrence was franchise tagged by the Cowboys last year for $17.14 million, so using the same option would cost Dallas $20.56 million because of the required 20 percent bump.

Lawrence was a second-round selection (34th overall) of the Cowboys in the 2014 NFL Draft. He finished the 2018 season with 10.5 sacks, 42 solo tackles, and two forced fumbles in 16 games.