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In what will come as no surprise Brandon
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 , since the sides weren’t talking, DeMarcus
Lawrence will play 2018 under the franchise tag.

Lawrence signed the $17.143 million tag in March with no substantive
discussions about a long-term deal, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

It gives the Cowboys a chance to make sure Lawrence isn’t a one-season
wonder, and Lawrence a chance to live up to his proclamation that he expects to
“break the bank” in free agency next year. It also gives both sides a chance to
see what happens with the defensive line market, with Jadeveon Clowney, Aaron
Donald and Khalil Mack also seeking long-term deals.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, citing a source, said Lawrence will not play on a
second consecutive tag in 2019. The Cowboys are certain to franchise Lawrence
again at $20.5 million if he has another big year and they don’t reach a deal.
So this would seem to put the team on notice that Lawrence will not play the
part of good solider again next offseason in the absence of a long-term
deal.

Lawrence, 26, made only nine sacks his first three seasons while missing 16
games with injuries and a four-game suspension. He had 14.5 sacks last
season.

The Cowboys have had three other players play under the franchise tag:
Flozell Adams in 2002, Ken Hamlin in 2008 and Anthony Spencer in 2012 and
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Davis Webb was just as surprised as everyone else when he was cut by the
Giants.

The second-year quarterback wasn't out of a job for long, though. And, he's
ready to move forward with the Jets Authentic
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Tuesday.

"You never see it coming," Webb said after his first practice with his new
team. "I think everybody was kind of shocked. At the same time, they made a
decision. I don't have to agree with it. But I'm excited to be here and just be
the best teammate I can be and just continue to grow."

Webb was the Giants' third-round pick in last year's draft, but was
surprisingly waived Sunday during final roster cuts . The Giants initially had
four quarterbacks on their roster before cutting Webb and keeping rookie Kyle
Lauletta and veteran Alex Tanney as backups to Eli Manning.

Webb didn't play in a regular-season game last season and was inconsistent
this summer in three preseason games.

"I didn't need a reason," he said. "They made a decision. I didn't agree with
it. I don't think many people did, especially my teammates. At the same time,
I've moved on and I wish them nothing but the best."

Webb added that he had an "emotional conversation" with Manning when he was
cut after growing close last season.

To make room on the practice squad Tuesday, the Jets released quarterback
John Wolford.

The former Wake Forest star signed with the Jets in August as an undrafted
free agent, played the bulk of the preseason finale at Philadelphia and was
waived as New York made its final cuts. He was signed to the practice squad
Monday.

Once Webb was available, the Jets were among the first teams to contact him
about an opportunity with them.

"I felt like this was the best decision for me," Webb said. "They showed a
lot of interest and I felt wanted. I'm excited to be here. There's no doubt
about that. I get to keep my house, too."

After three years at Texas Tech, Webb transferred to Cal and played one
season there. He had a terrific season for the Golden Bears while throwing for
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selected the MVP of the Senior Bowl.

"He was somebody we looked at coming out (of college)," coach Todd Bowles
said. "To have him available and be able to work with him on the practice squad
is something that intrigued us about him, with the size and the arm."

Webb ended up being the fifth quarterback drafted last year and appeared to
be a potential future replacement for Manning.

But the Giants, with a new general manager in Dave Gettleman and coach in Pat
Shurmur, drafted Lauletta in the fourth round. Davis' future with the franchise
then became murky with his uneven preseason during which he was 28 of 53 for 283
yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

"I wouldn't say ticked off," Webb said when asked if that's how he felt about
the Giants' decision. "I think that's kind of a trick question. I think you have
to earn it every single day in this league. I have another opportunity, and I'm
excited to be the best quarterback I can be and just continue to grow."

Webb joins a Jets offense that has some familiar faces. He got to know
offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates while preparing for the NFL draft in
2016.

Webb also met quarterback Sam Darnold when the Jets rookie starter was a
junior in high school and attending an Elite 11 camp 鈥?where Webb was a
counselor.

"I knew he could spin it then," Webb said with a smile. "A few years later,
everybody knows he can spin it."

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