Late last week the Dallas Cowboys finally got around to re-signing defensive end, DeMarcus Lawrence.
This was a deal that needed to happen and thank goodness it did. DeMarcus Lawrence is an absolute force on the defensive line that the Cowboys cannot afford to lose. A $105 million deal that guarantees $65 million over five years locks down Lawrence in Dallas for the greater part of his NFL career.
In 2014 Dallas traded up in the second round with the Washington Redskins to acquire Lawrence with the No. 34 pick overall. Initially, many Cowboys fans saw this pick as a flop with DeMarcus producing very little in his rookie year. Follow that up with two surgeries in 2106 and you’re looking a not so promising player. Looking at all that he came through it and put up 25 sacks in 2017 and 2018 combined. Only three players in the league had more than Lawrence in that period being Aaron Donald, Chandler Jones, and Ryan Kerrigan.
The Cowboys now are in an amazing position to make a push in the playoffs the next few years. Owner Jerry Jones has consistently talked about wanting one thing more than anything: another Lombardi Trophy. Dallas Cowboys fans stretch far and wide expanding far beyond domestic soil and there are so many young Cowboys fans that have only heard stories of the glory that is the Dallas Cowboys. The only thing they have to cling on to is the storied history of the once great “America’s Team”.
This signing does one more thing that the Cowboys organization claims to value and that adopts and develop. It sends a powerful message to the players that this organization will not give up on its people. So many players including recently brought back Jason Witten have been drafted, developed, and retired with the Dallas Cowboys. It takes time to develop a player and even if the Cowboys were to have let him walk and snag new talent through the draft they wouldn’t be ready for the push that the Cowboys are trying to make right now.
DeMarcus Lawrence re-signing with the Cowboys is just what they needed. His return combined with the recent trade for Robert Quinn, return of Jason Witten, and signing of Randall Cobb puts Dallas in a position to fight like they haven’t had in close to a decade. They’re locked and loaded for the upcoming season and fans should be ecstatic for opening day.