“We won’t let D-Law not be a Dallas Cowboy next year. We’ll get that straight right now,” Jones said per Dave Helman of DallasCowboys.com. “We’ll do everything we can to try to make something work, and if we don’t get it done then we’ll franchise tag him. Then we’ll go back to work. We’d like to not have that franchise tag hanging out there. We’ve got a big negotiation ahead of us. But we don’t want Demarcus Lawrence going anywhere.”
The Cowboys have until March 6 to place the franchise tag on Lawrence if a long-term deal cannot be reached.
Pro Football Focus graded Lawrence their No. 3 overall 4-3 defensive end and No. 2 pass rusher at the position for 2017.