Report: DeMarcus Lawrence agrees to five-year, $105 million deal

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The Cowboys deal with DeMarcus Lawrence is nearly done, NFL Media reports, with the parameters in place on a five-year deal worth $105 million.

PFT reported earlier today the sides were nearing a deal.

He will average $21 million per season.

Khalil Mack averages $23.5 million a season to lead all pass rushers in yearly average, with Von Miller at $19.1 million per season. Defensive end Trey Flowers left New England to sign a five-year, $90 million deal with Detroit earlier this offseason.

The Cowboys used the franchise tag on Lawrence for a second consecutive year, but the defensive end had no plans to sign the $20.5 million tag for 2019 and has postponed shoulder surgery until he got a new deal.

Lawrence, 26, has made 25 sacks and six forced fumbles in the past two seasons.

UPDATE 6:58 p.m. ET: Todd Archer of ESPN reports it is a five-year, $105 million deal with $65 million guaranteed. Lawrence will receive a $25 million signing bonus and is set to make $31.1 million in total money in 2019.

67 responses to “Report: DeMarcus Lawrence agrees to five-year, $105 million deal

  1. If you draft well and the player blossoms into a dominant force for your team then you have to pay him market value if you want to keep a core nucleus together. Good move by the Cowboys. I would imagine Dak is next.

  2. Seriously? There was a time when da’ boyz didn’t have to significantly overpay for average players. Guess that’s why it’s been decades since a meaningful season. In Dak Cowboys Nation trusts? Sorry, just can’t say it with a straight face. Poor man’s Russel Wilson is out of the league in 3 years… at least the Giants are still in the worst division n the NFL…

  3. Seems like a gamble considering he hasn’t had surgery yet. What if there are complications and he doesn’t come back 100%?

  4. Kansas City got a 2nd round pick for Dee Ford. I think Dallas would have been better off going a similar route rather than pay him this amount. Good player, but not even top 10 at his position, let alone top 2 like he’s being paid now. The value just isn’t there. Just my opinion.

  5. Very fair deal with the going rates. It will be interesting for the Cowboys and Eagles once they have to do contracts for the qbs. If both are the franchise guys they think they are those salaries will hurt player retention and FA. Honestly this is what makes Brady so different. Compare his contract to Brees, Rogers, And so on. He is reasonable enough sonthe team can be competetive every year

  6. Wow wow wow. I’m happy for players getting paid who deserve it and try to look at it from their vantage point. I always have this question in the back of my head though, how does that player feel toward his status in the locker room knowing some very key guys needed by the team will be traded or cut to make the salary cap…

  7. Here’s the problem. He tweets his knee week 3….misses 4-8 games rehabbing it. You are in cap hell while your player is hurt. It’s not going to end well.

  8. Now he will have the shoulder surgery he put off and miss the first 6 games on the pup list. Money well spent Jerry.

  9. Next is 5 years, 90 million for Zeke and 5 years 200 million for Dak. After that they’ll field the rest of their team from the scraps of the AAF.

  10. First year should be at half the five year average since he’ll be on PUP for half the season. Way to overpay JJ!

  11. The problems that contract is going to cause with Prescott, Elliot, and Cooper are going to be fun to see play out. Signed, Eagles fans

  12. It is no coincidence that the teams that sign these outrageous contracts never get to the Super Bowl. You can’t give 10% of the cap to an edge rusher The best coaches turn him into a spectator in big games.

  13. Wow, it’s hard to evaluate until all the details are out, and it will probably amount to more like 3 years for $60M with team options from there, but even at that it’s going to be a hard contract to outperform.

  14. I love when haters talk smack about the current operation on how the Cowboys draft, conduct FA business or dole out their money to keep current players…
    Amusing how ppl predict so accurately how this team is falling apart when in actuallity its getting stronger and deeper

  15. Paying him a franchise tag amount of money every year would be almost as much. The difference is 65 million is guaranteed. So as long as he plays at least 3-4 years at a high level, the Cowboys will be happy.

  16. The Patriots win. No player dominates the salary cap. BB refuses to overspend. Therefore the next one up principal works. I believe it was in the best interest of the next three to five seasons to have traded Lawerence and had some outstanding talent and be competitive for season after season. Very selfish of Jerry Jones. Pushing all in on this season. The fans will suffer for the next three seasons.

  17. wow, 3 million less per season than I thought he would get…good value for cowboys if that is your model- only 20 million per—very easy to do when you dont have to pay your Qb, Qb money

  18. jluckow says:
    April 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm
    Kansas City got a 2nd round pick for Dee Ford. I think Dallas would have been better off going a similar route rather than pay him this amount. Good player, but not even top 10 at his position, let alone top 2 like he’s being paid now. The value just isn’t there. Just my opinion.
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    Curious! Who are the 10 players better than Lawrence?

  19. As A lifelong Cowboys fan I think it’s a bit high. We are going to have a lot of free agents to sign and that’s a huge cap hit . He’s not elite talent demanding elite money. Don’t get me wrong. He’s good but I don’t think unreplaceable good or 100 million good.

  20. killerquails says:
    April 5, 2019 at 8:07 pm
    The Patriots win. No player dominates the salary cap. BB refuses to overspend. Therefore the next one up principal works.

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    For gods sake what does this have anything to do with New England. When Brady is gone you pretentious know it all Boston fanboys will realize that you won Super Bowls for one reason only: the GOAT QB decides to play for way under market value. That’s it. And it will never happen again.

    The “next up” principal works when you have an all time great QB. Without that, Belichick barely makes a difference and isn’t winning Super Bowls.

  21. In 2018 Lawrence was 164th in solo tackles, 50th in forced fumbles, 11th in tackles for loss and 18th in sacks. How does all that equal the second best paid defensive player in the NFL?

  22. Surgeons, scientists, inventors and maybe writers should make 20 million a year. Oh wait … nobody should make that amount in a year especially in the entertainment business.

  23. Boy what a joke…hell get 8 sacks next year…2 or 3 in a game when they are already out of it…and be cut or redo his contract after 2 seasons..so the 105m is a joke and NONE of them are worth it…

    as an example – Aaron Rodgers singlehandedly taking Packers anywhere lately?

    unless you are in pathetic AFC East and have the refs in your back pocket like the Fakeriots….the NFL is a disgrace

  24. “dfwhawkguy says:
    April 5, 2019 at 6:59 pm
    Seriously? There was a time when da’ boyz didn’t have to significantly overpay for average players. Guess that’s why it’s been decades since a meaningful season. In Dak Cowboys Nation trusts? Sorry, just can’t say it with a straight face. Poor man’s Russel Wilson is out of the league in 3 years… at least the Giants are still in the worst division n the NFL…”

    I’m an Eagles fan and to call DeMarcus Lawrence an average player is just so stupid. He’s amazing and in a pipe dream he’s paired with Fletcher Cox. This is a good move by the Cowboys. Now I have to go clean up my puke. Thanks

  25. Dumb, dumb, dumb!! Poster above has it right, Trey Flowers is twice the player Lawrence is, but Belichick will draft someone in the third or fourth round to replace him. Big contracts for anyone other than QB’s is a waste of time.

  26. Lawrence at $21 million per year, I don’t think he would have gotten that in the Free Agent market. I think Flowers set the FA market value at $18 million per year and the Cowboys paid a 17% premium for Lawrence. Not saying Lawrence isn’t a quality player, I would even put him in the top 10 edge rushers, but not top 5. Also the $60 million guaranteed is a huge number, especially for a player going under the knife before the season starts. I think Jerry Jones is serious that he wants to win another SB before he dies and is in a little bit of desperation mode!!!

  27. So when Elliott and Prescott get their deals expect it to be about the same range. That means you’d have three players taking up roughly a third of the cap. The Cowboys can forget about re-signing any of those linemen. I think in the long run this is going to be a big problem for them, especially if he doesn’t recover from the impending shoulder surgery.

  28. If the Cowboys and their fans are happy with him being the second highest paid defensive player in the league…then us Eagles, Giants and Redskin fans are happy for you. Welcome to cap hell for the next 4/5 yrs. Yes, I’m very happy he’s getting 20+. Hope Dak gets 30+.

  29. His cap number instantly goes down from $20.5 million this year to $11.1 million. To go with the $10 million in cap the Cowboys already had, the Boys now have almost $20M in cap space now. I wonder who’s next?

  30. The real news here is the contract is front loaded. The boys are known to put certain contract triggers also. As for the surgery, its a injury to his shoulder that hes been playing with for 2 yrs. good deal again by the front office. Another excelent offseason

  31. dualprime says:
    April 5, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Curious! Who are the 10 players better than Lawrence?

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    10 better edge rushers than Lawrence? That’s easy.

    JJ Watt, Kalil Mack, Von Miller, Chandler Jones, Danielle Hunter, Myles Garrett, Cameron Jordan, Frank Clark, Jadaveon Clowney, Calais Campbell.

    Off the top of my head, I probably left a few out. This contract is going to be an absolute disaster for the Cowboys. He’s probably only the 4th best player on their defense, and he’s the 3rd highest defensive player in the league? Lol.

    Thank you, Jerry.

  32. This deal isn’t so bad when you consider how much the cap is expected to expand in the next CBA.

    The real question is what are they going to do with Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliot and Amari Cooper.

  33. Nothing against the very talented Lawrence, but no player who’s not a franchise QB is worth that much money, period. Bell, Brown, Lawrence, Miller, Mack, anyone.

  34. I cannot think of a single things this player can do on the field worth this type money. Sorry.

  35. Lol so many haters, have you seen dlaw stats. He beat the saints by himself ! He was getting the tag and twenty mill regardless this season so he got 3 yrs 65 mill and y’all wanna act like dallas broke the bank. Have you seen the cowboys cap? Zeek Jones Cooper and Dak will all be paid. Dallas especially next year have a ton a cap, this is the same team that started 3-5 and had a great run. Have you seen their acquisitions this offseason? No one has mention how healthy that line is YEA FREDRICK IS BACK. Hate them or love Dallas is tough and Stephen fixed his Pops Jerry, WILLIE McClay and Steph keep hitting homers

  36. The dude is a beast and deserves to get paid. Stephen Jones will figure out how to get Zeke and Dak and Cooper paid as well. With Quinn on the other side and some good push up front from the tackles, you won’t be seeing DCs game planning the new Dallas DeMarcus nightmare out of the action. Just wait for the sack celebrations in the opposition backfield .

  37. chickensalad43 says:
    April 5, 2019 at 8:28 pm
    killerquails says:
    April 5, 2019 at 8:07 pm
    The Patriots win. No player dominates the salary cap. BB refuses to overspend. Therefore the next one up principal works.

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    For gods sake what does this have anything to do with New England.

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    Because they are the standard on how to build and run an organization to win championships

    The Cowboys over the past two decades are the antithesis of that

  38. As an Eagles fan I approve this move. D. Lawrence has never, ever sacked an Eagles QB…zero sacks!!! Great move to help the Eagles.
    Thanks,
    Eagles fans!

  39. howaboutthemcowboys says:
    April 6, 2019 at 6:35 am
    The dude is a beast and deserves to get paid. Stephen Jones will figure out how to get Zeke and Dak and Cooper paid as well.

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    So the Cowboys will have 50% of the cap tied up in four players and pay a bunch of scrubs the rest

  40. Good player, one of the top at his position, but the amount of hand tying that a deal like that creates is not worth the production of a single player. If a QB, arguable the most valuable position on the field, getting paid that much is hard to justify, a position player is even harder.

  41. well now you can see two sides of the rainbows. Raiders caught crap for letting Mack go for 2# 1’s and a third rd pick next year in exchange for Mack and a Raiders 2nd pick next year. Raiders got their pot of gold in cap space and picks, and Bears got the player they wanted. So the Cowboys get to keep their player rather than trade him……in my opinion both the Bears and Cowboys will feel the pain when and if they ever have to pay their QB…which is now going to cost 30+ per season…..so that is over 25% of your cap space going to 2 players. Have to ask the Broncos whats more important paying Von Miller 25 million per, or paying a QB?

  42. First year should be half the second year amount since he’ll be on that PUP list for half this season! JJ is an idiot.

  43. If the surgery goes well, it will take about four months to recover from the surgery, he should be ready before the regular season starts.

  44. What about Dak and Zeke? Now that you have given out $105 million, do you have another $200 million for them? Looks like somebody is going to get cut.

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