After being designated with the Franchise tag for a second consecutive season by the Dallas Cowboys, GSE Worldwide 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.
Jamie Collins signed a 3 Year $30 Million Deal in March 2020 with $18M Fully Guaranteed with the Detroit Lions which is the biggest contract of his career at age 31. This contract was one year after signing a 1 year, 900k deal with 200k guaranteed with his previous agent. Jamie currently holds the record for most guaranteed money for an Outside Linebacker over the age of 30.