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Report: Dallas Cowboys intend to sign DeMarcus Lawrence to long term deal

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The best free agent of the 2019 offseason may not even hit the market.

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DeMarcus Lawrence, one of the most sought-after names that was set to hit the open market this offseason, may not even make it that far. The Star Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr. reported on Monday that the Dallas Cowboys have no intention of letting the edge rusher hit free agency and hope to sign a long term deal by March 5.

It is expected that Lawrence will command quarterback-level money this offseason, and a long-term deal may be worth over $100 million. He has earned 25 sacks over the past two seasons and played on the franchise tag in 2018.

If the Cowboys are able to retain the edge rusher then New England Patriots free agent Trey Flowers will now be the top name on the market. The edge has experience playing with head coach Matt Patricia in the past and has been a popular name among Lions speculation in recent months.

With Lawrence potentially off of the market, the price for Flowers — and every other free agent edge rusher — may only get higher as now all of them will have more potential suitors.

Detroit will be looking to replace Ezekiel Ansah this season, and will most likely either sign a top-end free agent edge defender or select one with the eighth pick in the draft.