Dallas Cowboys And DeMarcus Lawrence Reach Contract Extension Agreement

Mike Fisher
April 05, 2019 - 5:50 pm
DeMarcus Lawrence

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UPDATE 6:16 PM: 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher is reporting that the Cowboys are telling him the deal is 5-years $105 million with $65 Million guaranteed.

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FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) - Entering this negotiating process, DeMarcus Lawrence expressed both optimism about where this thing might go and firmness about where he wanted it to go.

"They know where I want to be,'' Tank said of Dallas Cowboys management. "I got big goals, not just for me but us as a team and as an organization. I love being a Cowboy."

And now, as first reported by NFL Network, the top free agent on this market, who'd been saddled by a franchise tag, gets to be a "Cowboy For Life'' under the terms of a deal that reportedly fits into the "parameters'' of a five-year deal worth more than $100 million.

Lawrence, a standout pass-rusher and all-around player at defensive end, played under a franchise tag in 2018 that paid him $17.1 million. There was a sort of understanding that Dallas wouldn't leave him hanging that way again, and through some tumultuous negotiations that threatened to do just that, feathers were ruffled. One key move forward: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones referred to Lawrence as if he would be a "depreciating'' asset should the player choose to continue to delay his shoulder surgery while using that delay as a negotiating tool.

But now? The 26-year-old, who last year delivered a second straight double-digit sack season and a Pro Bowl effort, can move onto the surgery, which figures to carry with it a three- to four-month recovery period, and be fully ready to terrorize QBs again in 2019.

Dallas selected Lawrence in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft after a trade-up, personnel boss Will McClay pushing for the move by pounding the table and labeling Tank "a QB hunter.'' It was the start of a process and a policy of "draft 'em, develop 'em and pay 'em'' that has worked with a trio of star Cowboys offensive lineman ... and now carries over to the D-line as well. Tank registered 14.5 sacks in 2017 and 10.5 this past season, all along playing through injury.

In 2019, he'll play left end, and newly-acquired Robert Quinn -- who has a reputation as a "QB hunter,'' too -- will line up at right end, giving Dallas a bookend of credentialed standouts along the line.