Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Lawrence wants to play football but he admits he has some concerns and he would love to know more before he decides whether or not to report to the team's training camp on July 28.
Lawrence, who is considered as one of the best players on his position in the league, insists he wants to be back on the field but he doesn't want to play at any cost as he wants to stay safe so he can keep his family safe.
Lawrence's wife, Sasha, is pregnant and due in October, and the two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker says he needs to think about the safety of his family. "I'm taking it one day at a time, talking with my team and trying to figure out as many details as possible before I make a decision and have it set in stone," Lawrence told ESPN.
"Shoot, I love to ride with my brothers and play the game of football. When I have to take that away from myself, it's hard and I don't want to make a decision like that. But I also have to make sure I'm taking care of my family.
Family is No. 1. After the game of football is done, that's the only thing I have to depend on, so I've got to take care of them."
Lawrence says his wife is a strong women
According to Lawrence, there could be a possibility of having the ability to isolate by staying at a team hotel during camp.
"You can incarcerate the body, but you can't incarcerate the mind. That's the choice of your freedom," Lawrence said. "I feel like I'll be OK. I know my wife's a strong woman. She always steps forward for our family if we have to make this sacrifice in order to make sure our family is striving and still surviving.
Other than that, do I want to? Hell no. But sometimes you have to roll with the punches, stand up, stand your ground and do whatever you have to do to make things happen." Lawrence, who is entering the second year of his five-year, $105 million contract, was paid $25 million in signing bonus and he would be subject to having to repay part of that bonus if he doesn't report to camp.
"It's those type of thing that make you think, 'Man, are we some pawns? Is my life just a game,'" Lawrence said. "I know I ain't got forever to play, but at the end of the day, come on, you're just going to toss me around because you've got dollar signs in your face?"