*** Updated March 27, 4:56 PM CST **
Progress is being made, but not enough.
For the second season in a row, the Dallas Cowboys have a franchise defensive end marks DeMarcus Lawrence after no agreement was reached before the March deadline. When signed, the Lawrence tender pays nearly $ 20.5 million. This is an increase of $ 1
Owner Jerry Jones claims that neither side quarrels and points to the nature of these talks and the associated money for the delay, and while this is true, there is also the objective nature of Commas itself – of which Cowboys and Lawrence are still not in sight.
Lawrence is reportedly seeking AAS (average annual salary) of $ 22.5 million, but Cowboys' latest offering is $ 20 million, according to Calvin Watkins of The Athletic. In terms of perspective, their first offer was well under $ 20 million, explaining why the negotiations took as long as they did. Initially, the Club Lawrence only offered $ 17 million a year, according to Clarence Hill, Jr. of Fort Worth Star-Telegram and that's actually less than he did under his first franchise day.
] No wonder Lawrence mocked, considering that in 2018 they were prepared to pay an average of $ 16 million a year to Sammy Watkins, the broad recipient.
Let it sink in for a moment.
Talk about the owners' gatherings in Phoenix, AZ The junior Jones reiterates his optimism about the talks, as they are not nearly as far apart as many believed.
"It's a negotiation," he said. "These things can take time, and at the same time we are motivated to get things done, and hopefully we will get some momentum, at the moment the best way to describe it is in a dead end."
"We are separated, but certainly optimistic. Nobody thinks about DeMarcus Lawrence as we do. He represents what we want in our football team, in terms of his style of play. He certainly plays it at a high level.
"We will continue to chop wood."
And as the ax swings with the aim of cutting deeper into the trunk, Jones makes it clear that her urgency has never subsided.
"We are motivated to do it now," he said. "We were motivated to do this before we glossed over it, and at the same time we have some confidence in the scope of his compensation, and I am sure that they are confident in what they are asking  "I am not critical, but therein lies the root of the negotiations."
Head Coach Was Jason Garrett Somewhat further in the matter, the delay and the difference not in the money for the cowboys who want to under pay Lawrence, but rather that their approach is rooted in the macro and not in the micro.
"The goal I always strive for In these situations we have it a win-win situation, "Garrett said about Clarence Hill, Jr. of Fort Worth Star-Telegram ." We want you to make more money. I like that. The Joneses want you to make more money, but we want to be part of a team that can compete for a championship.
"And you have to have discipline below the salary cap, we have other boys to sign as well, and every dollar assigned to one player is by definition not available to any other player.
" So you have to prioritize the guys, for which you will spend a lot of money But hopefully you can make those decisions in a way that is a win-win situation – for the team as well as for the organization, but also for the player. That's the process we're involved in right now. "
There's definitely hope that a deal will end soon, and Lawrence does not waver that he does not want to stay with the cowboys, so that's why he appeared for the captain's training The veteran is a premier -Pass Rusher, who had logged 25 sacks in the past two seasons and also for most duels against loss and / or or no win in 2018, per Pro Football Focus alongside Calais Campbell of the Jacksonville Jaguars : These are numbers that show that Lawrence is one of the best in the league, and the Cowboys agree that it is him, but they are a few million a year compared to his own value.
As such He also does the shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, which he played through in 2018, but this lever has an expiration date or a type. It is the other lever that carries more weight in the Randy Gregory exercises another indefinite suspension and David Irving is out the door. Introducing Veterans Christian Covington and Kerry Hyder help fill these two cavities, and the landing of Robert Quinn on trade with the dolphins would face Lawrence one add more influence But not with the aim to replace it.
This is the plan of the Cowboys, and Lawrence is certainly on board, but only if the numbers are tasty for him.
There is an offer of $ 20 million a year from the club's $ 22.5 million request from the player, how can anyone agree on $ 21.5 million per year and shakes hands, how?