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Report: Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence, Lions’ Ziggy Ansah expected to play on franchise tag

DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys

The deadline for teams to finalize long-term deals with players on franchise tags is on Monday. However, two high-profile defensive ends are not expected to receive that long-term contract from their respective teams.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence and the Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah are both expected to play on the franchise tag this year barring some unexpected twist within the remaining negotiating time.

If they do indeed play on the tag, Lawrence and Ansah will each be on one-year, $17,143,000 contracts this season.

Lawrence was reportedly expected to hold contract talks with the Cowboys last week. If they did, in fact, take place, then they likely didn’t go the way he was expecting. The 25-year-old is coming off a career year in 2017 as he recorded 14.5 sacks, which was tied for second in the league behind Chandler Jones.

Lawrence is reportedly seeking much more than the five-year, $72 million deal Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter recently received and wants to be paid like the elite pass rushers in the game. However, he’s already undergone two surgeries on his back, which is somewhat worrisome.

As for Ansah, he bounced back from a down 2016 season by recording 12 sacks in 14 games for the Lions last season. He’s also just two years removed from his own 14.5-sack season in 2015, which was good for third in the league that year.

While the two pass-rushers didn’t get the big-money deals they were looking for, another strong double-digit sack season should all but secure some big offers coming in for them if they hit unrestricted free agency next offseason.