Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence found himself in a similar position to his teammate, QB Dak Prescott, a couple of years ago. Lawrence wanted a long-term deal in 2018 but Dallas ended up using the franchise tag on him. Lawrence played out the tag and had 10.5 sacks that year. Dallas used the tag on him again but this time ended up signing him to a long-term deal before the start of the season that paid him $21 million a year with $65 million guaranteed. Lawrence thinks Prescott has the fortitude to play out his situation in a similar way.
“All the chips are in his hands,” Lawrence said via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He will do the same. Just having that pressure on you there is only one thing to do that is to achieve. I feel he is going to do that. . . . He knows the situation and what to prepare for. I feel he is the ultimate leader. Understanding his character, I know Dak is going to be ready for this position. When he thrives there is nothing nobody can say, y’all are going to have to pay him his money.”
- David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys have no interest in bringing back DT David Irving if he’s reinstated.
- Dallas is still interested in potentially adding a reserve tight end and further boosting the defense in free agency. (Michael Gehlken)
- Now that the Eagles have put CB Rasul Douglas on the block, NJ.com’s Mike Kaye thinks trading him to the Broncos for RB Royce Freeman could make sense. Douglas would add depth for Denver while Freeman would replace Jordan Howard for Philadelphia and has a background with senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello and assistant RB coach T.J. Paganetti.
- Kaye mentions the 49ers could swap WR Dante Pettis for Douglas, as Pettis is the type of low-cost flyer in need of a fresh start that Eagles GM Howie Roseman likes to make, while Douglas would fit San Francisco’s scheme.
- The Rams also might be willing to trade WR Josh Reynolds for Douglas, as their depth in the secondary needs help and Reynolds is buried on Los Angeles’ depth chart. New WR coach Aaron Moorehead coached Reynolds in college.
- The Athletic’s Dan Duggan mentions RB Dion Lewis as a potential free-agent target for the Giants given their proclivity to target players with ties to the current coaching staff.
- Duggan says some receivers who are available who fit with that theme include Tavon Austin, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Demaryius Thomas and Devin Funchess.
- While the Giants appear to be done on the offensive line, they could circle back to OL Daryl Williams, C James Ferentz, C Daniel Kilgore and C A.Q. Shipley.
- Duggan says that unless the Giants rescind DL Leonard Williams‘ tag, they don’t have the cap space to afford DE Jadeveon Clowney.
- Duggan adds the Giants haven’t ruled out bringing back LB Markus Golden but it’s unlikely unless his price drops. Nothing has developed with LB Jordan Jenkins, either, who re-signed with the Jets Monday.
- Other options to bring in include DE Jabaal Sheard or LB Clay Matthews.
- Former Titans CB Logan Ryan and former Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman would fill needs for the Giants in the secondary but both are likely too expensive for New York’s budget right now.
- Some other options at corner include Prince Amukamara, Ross Cockrell, B.W. Webb and Daryl Worley.
- The most likely options if the Giants decide to add a safety are former Lions S Tavon Wilson or former Dolphins S Reshad Jones, per Duggan.
- The Athletic’s Greg Auman lists the Redskins as one of the potential landing spots for former Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston as a backup and potential alternative if former first-round QB Dwayne Haskins falters.
- However, ESPN’s John Keim says Washington won’t have interest in Winston and is moving forward with Haskins’ development.
- Keim adds the Redskins are still looking to upgrade their receivers and tight ends, though their options are limited in the draft without a second-round pick and rookies will face a steeper learning curve than usual if the offseason program is curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Rams WR Brandin Cooks is reportedly available via trade but Keim isn’t sure if Washington wants to take on his salary and health risks after Cooks dealt with concussions in 2019.