The Dallas Cowboys have been in the spotlight recently due to recent trade discussions. News broke earlier this week that star receiver Amari Cooper was most likely going to be traded sometime this offseason. Now, with the 2022 NFL Free Agency period coming up, there is another update from Dallas, this time for defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.
ESPN's Ed Werder tweeted Friday morning that the free agent is sticking with the Cowboys another year.
Three player updates from #Cowboys source with #NFL FA approaching: “Demarcus Lawrence isn’t going anywhere.” Team still working on Amari Cooper options while hoping a new contract for Michael Gallup is soon finished.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) March 11, 2022
Lawrence isn't one of the Cowboys' free agents this offseason, but there was a chance that he could be released or traded alongside Cooper this offseason.
The defensive end signed a five-year, $105 million contract with Dallas in 2019. The deal included a $25 million signing bonus, $65 million guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $21 million, per Spotrac.
The veteran has the second-highest average annual salary on the team behind quarterback Dak Prescott. This year, he carries a cap hit of $27 million and a dead cap value of $19 million. All of this made Lawrence a perfect candidate to be released for the Cowboys to clear up cap space.
The Cowboys don't plan on releasing running back Ezekiel Elliott, but his contract is one of the biggest issues for Dallas right now. He signed a six-year, $90 million contract in 2019 with a whopping $50 million guaranteed and a 2022 cap hit of $18.2 million.
Lawrence's job in Dallas seems to be safe, but the franchise has 22 free agents this offseason whose jobs are on the line.