Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is going to get paid. How much, you ask?
Kristi Scales, the sideline reporter for the Dallas Cowboys radio network, answered questions about the team with the Dallas Morning News.
Q: How much do you think it's going to take to sign DLaw to a long-term deal?
Scales: What's the old saying, "past is prelude?"
If that's true, use pass rusher Olivier Vernon's deal with the Giants two years ago as the baseline for the type of money that DeMarcus Lawrence is looking for in 2018. After all, they both have the same agent.
In the 2016 free agent market, Vernon was inked for five years, $85 million with $52.5 million in guarantees. That was coming off a year in which Vernon recorded 7 ½ sacks for the Dolphins. The Dolphins decided to rescind a transition tag on Vernon, and the Giants won the bidding war for Vernon's services. He was arguably the top pass rusher on the open market two years ago.
Lawrence is coming off his first Pro Bowl. He recorded 14 ½ sacks this season. More than a pass rusher, he also had an excellent season in run defense.
Our conclusion: He would command between $15 and $20 million per season.