Cowboys place franchise tag on Pro Bowl DE Demarcus Lawrence

As expected, the Dallas Cowboys have decided to place the franchise tag on star defensive end Demarcus Lawrence after the two sides failed to come to terms on a long-term extension.

Lawrence, 26, has been among the most-consistent pass rushers over the past two seasons — tallying a combined 49 quarterback hits and 25 sacks during that span.

The two-time Pro Bowler is not expected to sign the tag. This means he will ultimately be a holdout from Cowboys offseason activities until either the two sides come to a long-term deal or the deadline for said deal passes in July.

Lawrence’s franchise tag value is $17.12 million. Though, he’s looking at closer to $20 million on a long-term deal. The hope here is that both sides can get together to make it happen in the not-so-distant future.