The Dallas Cowboys are not in a good cap situation this offseason, which led them to approach one of their best defensive players about taking a pay cut.
Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys asked DE DeMarcus Lawrence to take a pay cut from the $19 million he’s scheduled to make in 2022. However, he promptly declined.
Watkins also mentions that when a high-priced player rejects a pay cut, they’re usually released soon after. This news comes just days after reports that the Cowboys are expected to release veteran WR Amari Cooper for cap relief.
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The Cowboys have a number of free agents they would like to retain, and are working like hell to get under the cap before the start of free agency.
The 29-year-old is a former second-round pick by the Cowboys in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Boise State. Lawrence still has two years left on his current deal and is owed base salaries of $19 million and $21 million.
If released, Lawrence would free up $8 million of available cap space while creating $19 million in dead money.
Last season, he played in just seven games and recorded 21 tackles, three sacks, a defensive touchdown, two forced fumbles and five pass deflections.
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