The Dallas Cowboys and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence agreed to a five-year extension worth $105 million. The deal includes $65 million guaranteed.
Lawrence will receive more money during the first year of the deal than any defensive player in NFL history. At $21 million, he will now be paid the NFL’s third-highest salary among defensive players behind Mack ($23.5 million) and Aaron Donald ($22.5 million).
The extension comes well before the July 15 deadline that would have put a second franchise tag ($20.5M) into effect. There had previously been an impasse between the Cowboys and Lawrence, but a breakthrough came after Lawrence and executive vice president Stephen Jones talked on the phone Thursday.
Lawrence, who turns 27 later this month, is entering his sixth season. Since the beginning of the 2017 campaign, Lawrence is tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks (25), tied for eighth in tackles for loss (29), tied for seventh in QB hits (49) and tied for sixth in forced fumbles (6).