The Dallas Cowboys locked up defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence by using the franchise tag on Monday, which guarantees the pass rusher won’t hit free agency during the 2018 offseason.
It wasn’t unexpected. David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reported earlier that the Cowboys planned to give Lawrence the franchise tag , with the intent of working out a long-term deal with him before the July 16 deadline. But team vice president Stephen Jones said that the ultimate goal was to lock Lawrence up long-term.
“We won’t let D-Law not be a Dallas Cowboy next year,” Jones said, via the team’s website . “We’ll do everything we can to try to make something work, and if we don’t get it done then we’ll franchise him. Then we’ll go back to work.”
Lawrence signed his tag on Thursday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter . Now the two sides will try to come together to make sure Lawrence sticks around beyond 2018.
Those nine steals, though, were likely born of opportunity and teams not expecting Ramirez to run. If Ramirez is going for 30 steals, people are going to catch on at some point. He’s going to need more than the element of surprise to swipe 30 bags. There were just six players who cracked 30 steals last year. Three of them (Dee Gordon, Billy Hamilton and Trea Turner) feature speed as their primary attraction. If we’re going to put a 34-year-old Hanley Ramirez into that bunch, we’re going to need to get funky.
There are some weapons on the offense in Josh Gordon, David Njoku and Corey Coleman, but Landry adds another threat to the mix for Taylor or whoever else the Browns might draft at quarterback.
You might say “poor Jarvis Landry,” but he’s evidently excited about the new opportunity in Cleveland.
Landry, like Kirk, did himself a ton of favors at the Combine. The Titans were a good pass-rushing team in coordinator Dick LeBeau’s final season, but it was?done by committee. At outside linebacker, Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo are?signed through 2018, and Erik Walden is a free agent. Landry can help situationally before stepping into a regular role next season.