3 Most Likely Destinations for DeMarcus Lawrence in 2022 Offseason
By Larry Rupp
Recent reports claim edge rusher DeMarcus Lawrence refused to take a pay cut from the Dallas Cowboys for the upcoming 2022 season and it has left his future with the team up in the air. After all, cutting the Pro Bowl talent loose would save Dallas $26 million in cap space over the next two years.
Lawrence is certainly past the prime of his career at 29 years of age, but he remains an impactful defensive player. He racked up 3.0 sacks, 5 pass breakups and 1 interception in 7 games played last season. Let's take a look at three of the most likely landing spots for Lawrence if he gets cut.
Demarcus Lawrence Destinations
1. Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis has leaned on a strong defense over the past few seasons, but they were quiet when it came to rushing the quarterback in 2021. The Colts tied for the eighth-fewest sacks (33.0) and posted the lowest pressure percentage in the league (18.1%). Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus left to take over the Chicago Bears, which means players are going to have to step up as the new DC gets adjusted. Lawrence tallied 34 hurries in his last full season of play (2020) and knows how to make opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable in the pocket. Pairing him with DeForest Buckner along the D-line would make an already scary Colts defense that much scarier.
2. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have been looking to find a stud rusher to pair with Joey Bosa for a little while now and they finally have the cap space to bring someone in. Lawrence wouldn't only help from a pass rushing perspective, but he is great at defending the run as well. ProFootballFocus credited him with 14 stops in 2021 and he regularly is able to seal off the edge of the line. That has to sound intriguing to a Chargers defense that gave up the third-most yards on the ground per game last season (138.9) and finished with the third-worst rush defense DVOA rating. Don't be surprised if Lawrence ends up on the west coast.
3. Denver Broncos
It's become crystal clear that the Denver Broncos are not afraid to swing big after they traded for quarterback Russell Wilson. Defensive lineman Shelby Harris was a part of the package and that leaves the team with little depth. Lawrence has a familiarity with the area given he played college football with the Boise State Broncos and could be a perfect mentor for young pass rusher Bradley Chubb. His 48.5 career sacks goes to show how consistent he has been over the years. Add in the fact that Lawrence is going to be motivated to prove he is still a Pro Bowl caliber player and this signing would suddenly look like a steal.
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