Giants fans, rejoice.
Star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence inked a contract extension, locking him up for the next four years. This deal is worth up to $90 million, with $60 million guaranteed. This move helps the Giants move towards keeping the foundation of a defense that, while it had its issues, was very promising this past season.
This past season Lawrence became one of the best defensive linemen in all of football, taking a step up from his first 3 seasons with a 68 tackles, 7.5-sack line that showed just how unreal his potential is. This contract shows just how fantastic he was, making him the third highest-paid tackle in football, behind just Aaron Donald and Jeffery Simmons.
That’s some pretty good company.
When asked what contract he was looking to be offered, Lawrence said, “I don’t think the amount to me was that important. Just being respected and understanding who I am as a player and what I’m worth.”
The Giants have built up a very solid defensive core, with Lawrence, Leonard Williams, Azeez Ojulari, and Kayvon Thibodeaux spearheading what could become among the league’s best in the near future. Taking into consideration their additions to the back end of their defense, such as Deonte Banks, Bobby Okereke, and Jameel McClain, the Giants could very well see massive improvement this upcoming season on that side of the ball.
This is the most recent move from general manager Joe Schoen, who has had a busy summer, including agreeing to extensions with Lawrence and Daniel Jones, along with franchise tagging Saquon Barkley and picking up Andrew Thomas’ fifth-year option.
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