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Cowboys Pay DeMarcus Lawrence, Teams Do Draft Prep

DeMarcus Lawrence Cowboys NFL Draft
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Any talk that DeMarcus Lawrence would play out another season on the franchise tag was officially silenced Monday when news broke that the 26-year-old defensive end agreed to a five-year, $105 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys that included $65 million in guaranteed cash.

If Lawrence had played all season on the franchise tag, he’d have earned a guaranteed $20.5 million. Last season, Lawrence recorded 64 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 10.5 sacks to go with 23 quarterback hits. It was the second consecutive season Lawrence recorded double-digit sacks. Last year, on the franchise tag, Lawrence hauled in a cool $17.1 million. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl for the last two seasons.

Lawrence will collect $31.1 million in the first year of the deal. His $65 million guaranteed has him ranked No. 4 in defensive guaranteed money behind only Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald and Von Miller.

Buccaneers hosting Marquis Brown, Giants bring in Clelin Ferrell and Ed Oliver

With the NFL draft a little more than two weeks away, teams are rolling up the frequent flyer miles. Monday, the New York Giants brought in Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver for visits.

The Giants are obviously focused on adding to their defense. Last week they brought in Clemson defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, Devin White from LSU and Nick Bosa of Ohio State, who will be long gone by the time the Giants make their official pick at No. 6. If they fall in love with Bosa, it’ll take a trade to get him.

Tampa Bay needs to shore up its receiving corps after trading DeSean Jackson and losing Adam Humphries in free agency. Monday, they’ll be meeting up with Marquise Brown from Oklahoma. Brown did not participate in the NFL’s scouting combine because of Lisfranc surgery. He is the top-rated receiver on many draft boards.

Written by Adam Greene

Adam Greene is a writer and photographer based out of East Tennessee. His work has appeared on Cracked.com, in USA Today, the Associated Press, the Chicago Cubs Vineline Magazine, AskMen.com and many other publications.

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