By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end Demarcus Lawrence to a five-year deal. He could potentially receive $105 million in the lifetime of his deal.
He will receive $65 million guaranteed. Lawrence will have a $21 million average per season.
His $21 million average is just behind what the Chicago Bears gave Khalil Mack last September. Despite that, he is the highest paid defensive end in the 4-3 defensive scheme.
After being franchise tagged for the second straight off-season, Lawrence had said he would holdout with a new deal. The two sides struck a deal before July with the significant part of the off-season work begins.
With Lawrence signed to an extension this early, it gives the Cowboys an opportunity to turn their attention to Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper.
The 26-year-old Aiken, South Carolina native has spent the last five years with the Cowboys. Last season, he appeared in 16 games, including 15 starts.
He had 64 tackles, including 15 tackles for a loss, and 23 quarterback hits. Lawrence had 10.5 sacks with one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one pass deflection.
In his career, he has appeared in 64 games, including 47 games. He has 200 tackles, including 48 tackles for a loss, and 67 quarterback hits.
He also has 34.0 sacks, one interception with nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He also has two pass deflections.