Dallas Cowboys’ pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence won’t be playing under the franchise tag in 2019 after all. According to NFL Network, Cowboys and Lawrence managed to get on the same page and agreed to five-years, $105 million extension.
Lawrence’s new deal has $65 million in guaranteed money, which is the fourth highest guaranteed amount in the history of the league for a defensive player. The 27-year-old will also be only the third defensive player to earn more than $20 million on an annual basis.
DeMarcus Lawrence and Cowboys failed to agree on a long term extension in 2018, and he ended up playing the season on a $17.1 franchise tag. Dallas placed a second franchise tag on him this year, worth $20.5 million, which would come into effect on July 15 hadn’t the two sides agreed to a deal.
After getting the long-term deal he wanted, Lawrence will now undergo a shoulder surgery to fix the torn labrum he struggled with last year. He is expected to miss the training camp but should return before the start of the season.
DeMarcus Lawrence was selected 34th overall by Dallas Cowboys in 2014 NFL Draft. After three years in the league, in which he had his ups and downs, Lawrence had his breakthrough year in 2017 when he had 14.5 sacks and four forced fumbles and earned a Pro Bowl appearance.
In 2018 Lawrence followed that up with another Pro Bowl-worthy season in which he contributed with 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.