Dexter Lawrence and the Giants Agree to $90 Million Contract Extension
When the New York Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, one of the pieces that they received in the trade was the 17th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants selected defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with that pick. Today, Dexter Lawrence and the Giants agreed on a contract extension that will make Lawrence the third-highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lawrence’s new contract will pay him $60 million guaranteed over four seasons. Lawrence can make up to $90 million through the life of the contract.
The 25-year-old was already on the books for 2023 on the fifth-year option ($12.41MM), so he will now be tied to the team through the 2027 season. Lawrence’s annual salary of $22.5MM per season in new money moves him into a tie for third in the NFL amongst defensive tackles with Daron Payne. Payne and the Commanders struck a mega-extension of their own in March.
The Giants have handed out significant extensions to Lawrence and quarterback Daniel Jones this offseason. Jones and the Giants agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal in March. Jones and the Giants beat the clock on the franchise tag deadline by less than an hour.
New York still has to address the same with running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley and Lawrence were two noticeable figures absent from the start of the Giants offseason program. The two were absent while they pursued new contracts. With Lawrence’s in the books, Barkley’s new deal should be right around the corner, if at all. Giants GM Joe Schoen said last weekend that the two sides would reconvene with the NFL Draft being completed.
Lawrence logged 68 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 2022 and earned a trip to Vegas for the Pro Bowl.