Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Cowboys sign DeMarcus Lawrence long-term: Grade, analysis and more

Cowboys sign DeMarcus Lawrence long-term: Grade, analysis and more

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (90) smiles as he celebrates a victory against the New Orleans Saints at AT&T Stadium.

Late Friday afternoon - these things always seem to get done late in the day - the Cowboys signed their defensive end to a five-year, $105 million contract with $65 million in guarantees.

Set to play under the franchise tag for the second consecutive season, the new deal locks Lawrence in through 2023 and pays him the most money in Year 1 of a deal than any defensive player in National Football League history.

Lawrence talked about his contract situation in January.

The emotions of getting there were fluid.

This is a great deal for both Lawrence and the Cowboys.

Since being drafted by the Cowboys with the 34 overall pick in 2014, the 26-year-old DeMarcus Lawrence has been a staple and force to be reckoned with in the Dallas pass rush.

According to Rapoport, the two sides have already agreed on the basic parameters of the deal, with Lawrence receiving $65 million guaranteed.

Lawrence played the 2018 season on the franchise tag. That's what happened with the Cowboys and Dez Bryant a few years ago. The Cowboys had to pay a lot to get it done, but they decided Lawrence is the rare defender worth quarterback money. That's the best of the best. But he had a breakout season in 2017 with 14.5 sacks, and followed it with 10.5 sacks and a top-10 grade among edge defenders from Pro Football Focus a year ago. While Lawrence has been to the past two Pro Bowls, he's still looking for his first All-Pro nod. Moreover, in that timeframe, he has averaged roughly 60 tackles and 3 forced fumbles a season. Lawrence has established himself as one of the best defensive ends in football, the Cowboys paid him as such, and he won't be going anywhere for a while.

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