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Tank makes bank: Cowboys reportedly ink Lawrence, ex-Boise State great, to $105M deal

DeMarcus Lawrence’s Boise State highlights

Check out some highlights from Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence's career at Boise State. (Video courtesy of Boise State)
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Check out some highlights from Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence's career at Boise State. (Video courtesy of Boise State)

The stalemate between defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and the Dallas Cowboys lasted longer than both probably liked, but the result made for some happy people Friday.

According to multiple reports, Lawrence, who played in college at Boise State, has agreed to a five-year, $105 million deal with the Cowboys. That makes him the third-highest-paid defensive player in the NFL based on average salary, behind only the Bears’ Khalil Mack and Rams’ Aaron Donald.

Also being reported is the contract contains $65 million in guaranteed money, with $31.1 million coming the first year, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer. That last figure is more guaranteed money in the first year of a deal than any non-quarterback in NFL history.

Dallas placed the franchise tag on Lawrence on March 4, which would have paid him $20.6 million this upcoming season, but he had not signed it, as the two sides were hoping to eventually sign a long-term deal.

A second-round pick of the Cowboys in 2014, Lawrence had 20 sacks in his two seasons at Boise State. He did not have a sack his rookie season, but has 34 the last four years, including 14.5 in 2017 and 10.5 last season.

Lawrence is part of a huge crop of former Broncos playing in Dallas. The Cowboys recently signed George Iloka to join Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Leighton Vander Esch, Darian Thompson and Cedrick Wilson. Kellen Moore is the team’s offensive coordinator.

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Dave Southorn is a 2004 graduate from the University of Colorado. He has covered Boise State athletics since 2005, and worked at the Idaho Statesman since 2013. He’s won multiple Idaho Press Club awards and once won a contest designing a play for the Seattle Seahawks.

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