DeMarcus Ware says Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence has ‘bigger bullseye’ on his back after extension
Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence got paid this offseason, landing a five-year, $105 million contract extension that will keep him in Dallas for the foreseeable future.
While Lawrence certainly earned the deal with his spectacular play over the last couple of seasons, former Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware says that Lawrence needs to be careful, as there will be a whole lot of attention on him from this point forward:
“I remember before the contract I got double teamed. Then, after the contract, I got triple teamed,” Ware said, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “With the money, with him solidifying himself as that team leader and that guy, you have a bigger bullseye on you now,” Ware said. “He’s going to really realize that. It’s not just about him performing, but him teaching everybody else how to perform to take the pressure off of him. That’s when the true leadership comes in.”
Lawrence is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and racked up 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, an interception, a couple of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery en route to the Pro Bowl.
The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Boise State, was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (34th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He played in just seven games during his rookie season, but in his second year, he showcased his talents, totaling 55 tackles and eight sacks. Then, after an injury-riddled 2016 campaign, Lawrence broke out in 2017, recording 58 tackles, 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries, earning his first Pro Bowl selection.