Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has reportedly agreed to a 5-year extension with the Cowboys.  The deal is worth more than $100 million and will pay out the most money ever in year one for a defensive player. 

The Cowboys wanted to keep Lawrence in Dallas and now have him locked up for what figures to be his prime years.  He is coming off of back-to-back seasons with double-digit sacks.  The 27-year-old pass rusher recorded 14.5 in 2017 and 10.5 in 2018.

The franchise tag is no longer a guaranteed option for franchises.  Players can always go the Le’Veon Bell route and sit out an entire season and still get paid.  The Cowboys have avoided that and it’s going to cost them.

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