As we’ve seen throughout the NFL offseason, Dallas Cowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence is ready and willing to trash talk any opponent that comes his way. But this time, his recent social media comments came in the form of throwing some praise behind the Cowboys fanbase, which isn’t at all surprising.
Big facts, DeMarcus.
Cowboys fans were loving the reaction from the young pass-rusher, as some stated that they’ll stick with the team whether they’re 1-15 or 16-0. Others began talking Super Bowl while helping to build even more hype before what’s expected to be a promising 2019 season.
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DeMarcus Lawrence’s Huge Contract Extension With Cowboys
Lawrence has a number of reasons to feel good about the Cowboys and their fanbase. To be exact, it’s 105 million different reasons. As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported back in April, the Cowboys signed Lawrence to a five-year, $105 million contract extension.
The deal comes with $65 million guaranteed and surpassed the mark for highest guarantee ever given to a non-quarterback, per Adam Maya of NFL.com.
That’s the most guaranteed money ever for a non-quarterback. Lawrence’s contract will include the highest first-year payout for a non-QB, sources tell Rapoport and Garafolo. The previous record for a defensive player was Khalil Mack’s $31 million bill in 2018. Lawrence, Mack and Aaron Donald are the only three defensive players averaging more than $20 million per season.
As Spotrac shows, Lawrence is set to bring in a total of $31.1 million for the 2019 season. That number drops to $16.9 and $17 million in the two years to follow. From there, it jumps back up to $19 and $21 million over the final two seasons (2022 and 2023).
DeMarcus Lawrence’s Production With Cowboys
Lawrence has made back-to-back Pro Bowls while tallying 122 combined tackles, 29 for loss, 25 sacks and six forced fumbles over that stretch. Over the dominant span, NFL.com reveals that he ranks tied for No. 4 in the league in sacks, eighth in tackles for loss, seventh in quarterback hits (49) and sixth in forced fumbles.
The Cowboys have locked in one end of their defensive line by inking Lawrence to a long-term extension. Now, the bulk of the attention will shift to the offensive side of the ball as the team attempts to sign the likes of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper to new deals.
All three players will come with high price tags, and it’s unknown how quickly extensions will get done with the trio. As things currently stand, it’s believed that Prescott’s is likely the closest to being completed.