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 #Cowboys and DeMarcus Lawrence broke through their stalemate and are going to have a 5-year year extension worth more than $100M, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. They’ve agreed on basic parameters of a deal, sources say. 💰💰💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 5, 2019
Try this again: DeMarcus Lawrence will get the most money in Year 1 for a defensive player ever, source says. He will beat Khalil Mack’s previous high-water mark of $31m. (I had tweeted $41m but the actual cash for Mack paid in the first league year was $31m. Corrected here.)
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 5, 2019
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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