DE DeMarcus Lawrence Agrees To 5-Year, $105M Deal With Cowboys

DE DeMarcus Lawrence Agrees To 5-Year, $105M Deal With Cowboys

And the deal is done. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence agreed on Friday to the terms of a five-year, $105 million extension with the Dallas Cowboys.

The new extension, arriving before the July 15 deadline that would have put a second franchise tag of $20.5M into effect on Lawrence, comes with $65 million guaranteed reports as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.

The Cowboys know what their star pass rusher was worth and are paying him healthily for it. The 27-year-old Lawrence’s contract includes the highest first-year payout for a non-quarterback, vaulting him past Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack, who was granted $31 million in 2018.

(via NFL): Since the beginning of the 2017 campaign, Lawrence is tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks (25), tied for eighth in tackles for loss (29), tied for seventh in QB hits (49) and tied for sixth in forced fumbles (six). He's also sacked the quarterback on 3.0 percent of pass rushes during this span, which is the fourth-highest rate for those with 500 pass rushes, according to Next Gen Stats.

Lawrence was drafted from Boise State in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After a stellar rookie year under his deal, Lawrence played the 2018 season on the franchise tag, and he is now one of the faces of the franchise.