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The Dallas Cowboys and Demarcus Lawrence agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $ 105 million on Friday, according to the NFL Network Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. The deal It includes $ 65 million guaranteed.
Garafolo additional that Lawrence will receive the most money for a defensive player in the first year of his contract, surpbading the $ 31 million that the Chicago Bears paid Khalil Mack in 2018.
Dallas had previously placed the franchise tag on the defensive side, which would have paid him $ 20.5 million by 2019, for Clarence Hill Jr. of the Stellar telegram. However, Hill noted that the player would refuse to sign the label and would not appear without a long-term agreement.
Lawrence played last season on the franchise label and won $ 17.1 million on the one-year contract.
After demonstrating his high level of play in 2018, it is clear that the defender wanted more security in his future and now he has achieved it.
the The 26-year-old had a quiet first season in the NFL before breaking out in 2017, totaling 14.5 sacks with 58 combined tackles and four fumbles. According to NFL investigation, led the league by pressing quarterbacks in 14.9 percent of the plays.
After signing the one-year tender, Lawrence showed that it was not a coincidence with another great season. He finished the 2018 campaign with 64 combined tackles and 10.5 sacks, adding the first interception of his career.
This earned him a second consecutive Pro Bowl selection, as he led a major change in the Cowboys' defense, which finished sixth in points allowed per game.
He could have been the top free agent in the open market, but the team kept him under control with the franchise tag. Of course, the two parties apparently were far apart in the negotiations for a long-term agreement, with Rapoport In early March, he reported that the team's offer to Lawrence "was not considered serious."
After only nine sacks in his first three combined seasons, Lawrence is now being paid as one of the best defenders in the NFL.
Keeping in mind that the Cowboys now have Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch and others hired for several years, his defense could be a force in the future.