To say the Dallas Cowboys are entering a pivotal season would be an understatement. Coming off arguably the most humiliating loss in franchise history, Jerry Jones has effectively promised to be "all-in" this offseason. What Jerry's version of all-in is remains to be seen, but fans can expect Dallas to push the envelope to bring in more talent to put this roster over the top.
First and foremost, the Cowboys have to get under the cap. They're currently, $19 million over, according to Over The cap. Not a great position to be in, but certainly manageable, especially when you consider that figure takes Dak Prescott's $59 million cap hit into account.
The Cowboys can save over $26 million on the cap if they extend Prescott, but that won't be enough for Jones to make all-in moves. Ever willing to restructure contracts, here are three players who could have their contract reworked this Spring.
3. DeMarcus Lawrence
DeMarcus Lawrence is no stranger to having his contract restructured. We could even be talked into Lawrence signing an extension. Though entering his age-32 season in 2024, Lawrence is coming off arguably the best year of his career in 2023.
Among 56 edge rushers who played at least 200 snaps against the run, Lawrence's 92.4 run-defense grade ranked second at the position and his 11.6% run stop percentage was first, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required). As a pass rusher, Lawrence's 48 pressures were his second-most in a season since 2019.
Lawrence's importance and overall value to the Cowboys go beyond the numbers. He routinely shows up in the clutch and has helped sealed numerous wins over the last two seasons, whether it be by blowing up a running play, generating pressure to force a throw-away or deflecting a pass at the line of scrimmage.
Restructuring Lawrence's deal would ensure his return for 2025, and it would save $4.395 million against the cap. Not a crazy number, but every penny matters. An extension, though, would free up over $7 million, so the Cowboys have a tough decision to make.