GIANTS GIVE DT DEXTER LAWRENCE HIS CONTRACT EXTENSION

The NY Giants have awarded their All-Pro defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with a four-year $90 million extension, including $60 million guaranteed. This deal put Lawrence as the third highest paid defenesive tackle in the NFL (Aaron Donald and Jeffery Simmons).

Lawrence, 25, was the subject of some conterversy being drafted by former general manager Dave Gettleman. After Gettleman traded superstar receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns; Gettleman used that 17th pick he acquired to select the former Clemson star. Fans were not sold, especially after Gettleman just gave up two draft picks to trade for former NY Jet Leonard Willams.

It was no matter as “Sexy Dexy” as he became affectionatley known, the 6’4″ 342-pound lineman had endeared himself to the Giants faithful and became an All-Pro player. The extension was something the NY Giants wanted to get done even when Lawrence held out of part of the voluntary portion of an offseason workout. There were financial reasonings as well, as Lawrence was coming into the season of the fifth-year of his rookie deal with a cap hit of $12.4 million.

Lawrence had the best season of his career last year playing nose tackle for defensive corridinator Wink Martindale. He tallied 68 tackles, a career high 7.5 sacks, and forced two fumbles.

The NY Giants made this a priority even before signing star RB Saquan Barkley, who has yet to sign his franchise tag and also held out of the workouts due to his contract.