After being designated with the Franchise tag for a second consecutive season by the Dallas Cowboys, DEC Management client DeMarcus Lawrence signed a record-breaking, five-year, $105 million contract extension on April 9, 2019. The contract, which was the largest in Dallas Cowboys history, included $48 million fully guaranteed at signing and $65 million in total guaranteed money. DeMarcus' contract also included $31.1 million in Year One cash, an NFL record among non-quarterback contracts, and it's $13m guaranteed APY (Average Per Year) is the largest for any defensive player in NFL history and the $21m APY was the third-highest among all non-quarterback contracts in league history.
Initially designated with the Transition tag by the Miami Dolphins in 2016 before having it removed hours before the free agent signing period began, DEC Management client Olivier Vernon reset the Defensive End/Edge market by signing a five-year, $85 million contract with the New York Giants. Vernon's deal was the largest ever signed by a defensive end/edge pass-rusher and included $52.5 million in guaranteed money, including $40 million fully guaranteed at signing and included a total of $54 million over the first three years of the deal. Vernon received $29 million in Year One cash, which at the time was the largest Year One cash amount ever paid to a defensive player.
CONTRACT HIGHLIGHT SHEET
REPRESENTS 2 OF THE HIGHEST PAID DEFENSIVE PLAYERS IN NFL HISTORY
24 Years and over $1.8 BILLION worth of negotiated NFL playing contracts
Negotiated seven contracts worth a total of $178.95 million in March 2016
Negotiated a record breaking 5 year $105 million extension for DeMarcus Lawrence and the Dallas Cowboys in April 2019
Demarcus Lawrence has the most 1st year CASH in NFL HISTORY for a Defensive player with $31 million
Negotiated seven contracts with guaranteed amounts totaling $97.2 million in March 2016
Represent 2 of the top 6 highest paid defensive players in NFL history (Olivier Vernon) (Demarcus Lawrence)
Demarcus Lawrence is the 2nd highest paid DE in the NFL after signing a 5 year $105 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys
DeMarcus Lawrence has the largest guaranteed APY for all non-quarterbacks in the NFL
Reset the market for edge rushers by negotiating a five-year, $85 million contract ($17m APY) with $52.5 million guaranteed with the New York Giants for Olivier Vernon
Negotiated the largest deal for a defensive end in NFL history at the time of signing (Olivier Vernon) in March 2016
The $29 million in cash Vernon earned in 2016 is the largest one-year cash payout to a defensive player in NFL history at the time of signing
Negotiated a four-year, $26 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens for safety Eric Weddle, his third multi-year contract in the NFL
Negotiated a 2 year $10.5 Million contract with the Los Angeles Rams for Eric Weddle at age 34, making this his fourth multi-year contract in the NFL
Weddle’s contract included $13 million in guarantees and $9 million in cash in Year One, making him the 3rd-highest paid safety in the NFL in 2016
Negotiated $63.7 million in contracts for Eric Weddle
Negotiated a four-year, $40 million contract with the Oakland Raiders for cornerback Sean Smith, his third multi-year contract in the NFL
Smith’s contract included $20 million in guarantees and $11 million in cash in Year One, making him the 4th-highest paid CB in the NFL in 2016
Negotiated a four-year, $18 million contract with $9 million guaranteed with the Atlanta Falcons for defensive end Derrick Shelby, who entered the NFL as an undrafted in 2012
Negotiated a two-year, $7 million contract with the Carolina Panthers for Paul Soliai, his fourth multi-year contract in the NFL
Negotiated $41.9 million in contracts for Paul Soliai
Reset the market for free safeties by negotiating a five-year, $40 million contract ($8m APY) with $19 million guaranteed with the San Diego Chargers for Eric Weddle in August 2011
The Weddle contract included a $13 million signing bonus, the largest ever for a free safety
Negotiated the first $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins for Stephen Davis (9-years, $135.75m)
Negotiated a $14.4 million contract with $6.5 million fully guaranteed for Jyles Tucker after just six games in the NFL
Negotiated a 3 year $8.8 million contract for Jack Crawford with $3 Million fully guaranteed at signing with the Atlanta Falcons
Negotiated a 2 year $5.5 Million contract for Lerentee McCray after just playing 21 defensive snaps that season.
Negotiated a 2 year $5 million contract for Joshua Bellamy after a 14 reception season.