This is not what you want to see if you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Earlier this week, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence basically let the Dallas Cowboys franchise know that he was ready to get paid for being one of the top pass rushers on the team and in the league.
Lawrence took to Twitter and publicly called out the team for taking its time getting him a new deal.
“Franchised —-> Pro Bowl——-> Your move,” he wrote.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott is also primed to get paid as well, which puts the Dallas Cowboys in a precarious position, because both Zeke and Lawrence are prime candidates to hold out if they don’t get what they want.
After playing on a 1-year, $17M deal, the Cowboys could very well franchise tag Lawrence at $20.56M, but that might present a Le’Veon Bell-type of situation, according to Clarence Hill of Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
But there are two players that could present bigger problems than the others. The longer the Cowboys wait, the more they chance themselves to holdouts from Lawrence and Elliott, according to sources.
Lawrence is out of his contract but if the Cowboys don’t get a deal done with him and franchise him for a second straight season, they shouldn’t expect him to show up for any of the offseason activities or training camp.
Hill continues on Elliott:
Elliott is trickier because they have him under contract for two more years.
But he wants and is deserving of a new deal now after his second NFL rushing title in three years in the league.
It’s important to him to maximize his earning potential now rather than two years from now when the carries could potentially start taking a toll and the Cowboys could also essentially lock him up with franchise tags for two seasons.