Hours after ProFootballTalk reported that the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end was "getting close to an agreement" on a long-term deal with Dallas, the Cowboys have announced that Lawrence has agreed to terms on a five-year extension worth more than $100 million. The MMQB's Albert Breer previously reported the deal will come in at $105 million, $65 million of which is guaranteed.
Just over a week ago, Lawrence's long-term future in Dallas remained uncertain, with Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones reported at the time that Lawrence was seeking an average annual salary of $22.5 million, similar to that of Khalil Mack, after initially asking for $20 million per year earlier in negotiations. Watkins said that Dallas was willing to extend a six-year, $120 million offer to Lawrence at that time.that negotiations had essentially stalled, with Lawrence and the team "apart" in their valuation of the 26-year-old edge rusher. The Athletic's Calvin Watkins
Under the franchise tag, which he received for the second-straight offseason in March, Lawrence would have still been the NFL's highest-paid 4-3 defensive end with a 2019 salary of $20.5 million. With the reported $105 million extension, he's set to average $21 million per year, the second largest salary of all pass rushers.
A second-round draft pick of Dallas in 2014, Lawrence has emerged as one of the NFL's most productive players at his position. After playing just seven games as a rookie, he logged eight sacks in 2015 and rebounded from an injury-prone follow-up with a breakout 14.5-sack Pro Bowl campaign. In 2018, playing under the tag for the first time, he notched his second straight double-digit sack season, finishing with 10.5 in 15 starts.