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Fear Not, DeMarcus Lawrence Is Worth It

The biggest red flag in the is now gone. Finally, the team has signed to a long-term deal after placing the on him earlier this year. Lawrence had a breakout season in 2017 and was asked to prove he was real in 2018. He did just that. A year later, he had to break the bank, as he threatened he would do before agreeing to play under the tag last season.

Per multiple reports, the Cowboys are Lawrence to a five-year deal worth $105M. It seems like both parties met in the middle as D-Law will average 21 million per year. To put it in perspective, this will make him the third highest paid defensive player in the NFL. Only and will be above him in this category.

This is serious money we're talking about here. This is the kind of contract that really demands 10-sack seasons. Lawrence had 14.5 and 10.5 in the last couple of seasons. Now that he'll be working alongside , Lawrence will probably keep this up. He has to.

Being the enormous extension that it is, many fans will second-guess the decision. Is any player worth spending that much money on? Usually, the answer is no. You have to talking about someone pretty special to justify this kind of signings.

But don't worry. DeMarcus Lawrence is really, really special.

Lawrence wanted to be paid like Khalil Mack and for a reason. Because he's actually produced at that level. He's probably not the best pass rusher in the league, but he's among the best. Not only that, but he might actually be the best at his position against the run.

Take a look at this great graph by @CowboysStats. “Playmaking EPA” is a metric that goes beyond regular stats and measures plays that reduce the opponent's chances of scoring.

In the above tweet, you can see how Lawrence separates himself from the rest of the edge rushers in the NFL when defending the run. When we think about pass rushers, we sometimes only think about how many the player has. Lawrence is a very complete defender, though. His impact in the can't be ignored.

But don't worry. If you like counting sacks, rest assured DeMarcus Lawrence had more than both Mack and Miller in the last two seasons.

kept Lawrence off the field at the beginning of his career but he's played 32 out of his last 32 possible regular season games and he's only 26 years old. His future is bright. Simply put, D-Law is a game changer. Any NFL team would be extremely happy to have him on their team but no QB in the league will be happy to see him line up across him.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

Not only is he worth it, that contract is great for the Cowboys. It really breaks down to a three year deal that we can dump out the backloaded last 2 years and save $41 million. It shaves off $10 million of this year’s cap, and leaves us with a little more than $80 million in cap space next season for the rest of the extensions. I think this is proof positive that Jurrah has finally taken a step back

Travis Diggs

I hate when fans act like its their money, Stephen did a great job with this deal. Tank is worth every penny of it and he proved it, so they payed him because he deserved it. Think about it, how could you not pay the leader of the “Hot Boyz”??

Chuck Wright

My only concern is health. As Ahad stated below, basically a 3 year deal we can afford and should cover Tank’s next/best 3 years.

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