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Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence signs $ 105 million deal; Prescott next?

FRISCO, Texas – DeMarcus Lawrence may not be the highest paid Dallas Cowboys player in history for long. Doesn´t mean the club´s best defensive end can´t enjoy the distinction while it lasts.

The 26-year-old Lawrence signed a five-year, $ 105 million contract, with $ 65 million guaranteed, on Tuesday. $ 21 million – per-year average that tops retired quarterback Tony Romo, pass rushing predecessor and franchise leader DeMarcus Ware and receiver Dez Bryant before him.

"I have so many emotions going on right now," Lawrence said while his parents, young son and fiancee watched in the room where coach Jason Garrett holds his daily news conferences during the season.

"It 's hard for me to take it in. Going through the back of the shops and stuff, I thought my career was over. I even made a couple of sacks, I thought I would never see this day."

July 15, 2011, the deadline for the second leg of the year.

Getting the procedure done Now raises the question of whether the two-time Pro Bowler will be ready for the regular season – he declared that he would be waiting for it.

Last year, Lawrence signed the $ 17.1 million franchise tag right away. This year, he was not going to grab $ 20.5 million guaranteed anytime soon, determined to get the long-term deal he felt he deserved. By not signing, Lawrence could have skipped mandatory minicamp without getting fined.

"Executive Vice President of Personnel Stephen Jones of the Surgery," Jerry Jones made an opening speech over the phone from NFL Labor meetings.

"I think DeMarcus was aware of that too. I mean, he loves to play the game. Certainly, having looming out there is probably something to do with push and make the push we did there to get it done."

The Cowboys have several young stars with paydays coming, headlined by quarterback Dak Prescott. Stephen Jones was not shy in suggesting that Prescott is likely to replace Lawrence whenever he signs.

Prescott is the final year of a rookie deal that pays the fourth-round pick $ 2 million. That’s more than three times. Prescott’s salary from the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year’s second Pro Bowl season in 2018.

"When you are getting ready to give quarterback who is a quarterback franchise and already has put in serious skins on the wall like Dak has, no, he's probably going to be there long," Stephen Jones said. "But he can always say he held the mantle, albeit it might be a short time."

Three years into his career, Lawrence was not thinking about a big second contract. He had nine career sacks at that point, eight of them in his second season. The former Boise State player didn't have a sack as a rookie in 2014, and just one two years later he battled those back issues, along with other ailments.

Lawrence also had to serve as a four-game suspension for violating the performance ban-enhancers to start the 2016 season. Finally healthy and free of that cloud, Lawrence tied for second in the NFL with 14 1/2 sacks in 2017 and had another 10 1/2 last season.

"The adversity he had in his career and how he came back from that, a number of different times," Garrett said. "One of the great leaders on our defense … who does things the right way and certainly a cornerstone player who we want to be here for a long, long time."

Jerry Jones was the author of the criticism he took when the Cowboys traded up 13 spots to the second pick of the second round of the 2014 draft "to take a player that we thought was the player on the board that had the juice . "

"A lot of people thought we paid too much to get him," said Jones, who gave up his third-round pick that year. "Here we stand with a guy who's about the highest paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys. He’s earned it."

Lawrence will enjoy the highest paid distinction while he can.

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