Dallas Cowboys Rumors: One Suspended, One May Be Suspended, And DeMarcus Lawrence Is Now A Priority

Danny Cox

Last season, the Dallas Cowboys finished 10-6, on top of the NFC East, and made it into the second round of the playoffs before losing to the Seattle Seahawks. It was a good year, and they're hoping to advance on it in 2019, but they've run into a few offseason speed bumps. One defensive player has been suspended, another has a pending suspension, and DeMarcus Lawrence has one foot out the door. All of these factors bring about cause for concern.

Things have become truly chaotic for the Cowboys over the last couple of days, and it has played havoc with their defense. As reported by ESPN, defensive end Randy Gregory has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL for once again violating the league's substance abuse policy. Along with that infraction, Gregory has violated the terms of his conditional reinstatement.

The Cowboys organization was aware that this was coming, though, and they weren't overly surprised. Gregory played 14 games last season, and finished second on the team with 28 quarterback pressures and six sacks.

It is not known how long he will end up being out, but his attorney -- Daniel Moskowitz -- says Gregory is working on getting back on the field "as soon as possible." Gregory's suspension comes at a bad time, though, as the Cowboys are possibly going to lose another defensive lineman to suspension as well.

It is not confirmed why Irving is being looked at by the NFL, but it appears to be a drug issue again. Another suspension could end up jeopardizing his position on the team. Whether he is suspended for a number of games or is let go by the Cowboys, the team is looking at serious trouble along the defensive line.

With the loss of Gregory and a suspension looming for Irving, the Cowboys cannot afford any more issues along the D-line. That is why striking a deal with free agent DeMarcus Lawrence has now become a priority for the team, and they have started negotiations.

Last season, Lawrence received the franchise tag for $17 million, and it is likely he will seek a new contract worth that or more. If a deal can't be reached by March 5, 2019, the franchise tag could be placed on him again in order to make sure he doesn't sign elsewhere.

The Dallas Cowboys haven't even made it to the season yet, and they're already in a good bit of trouble on defense. The suspension of Randy Gregory, the possible suspension of David Irving, and the uncertain status of DeMarcus Lawrence has the defensive line in shambles at this point -- and some desperate help is needed.