Thursday was a big pay day for one former Clemson football star.
Dexter Lawrence, who was an All-American defensive tackle at Clemson from 2016-’18, signed a four-year, $90-million extension to stay a New York Giant, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Sixty million of what Lawrence signed for will be guaranteed.
The deal makes the All-Pro defensive tackle, the third highest paid player at his position in the NFL. His average salary will be $22.5 million per year, behind only the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald and Daron Payne of the Washington Commanders.
Lawrence was a first-team All-American and a three-time All-ACC performer at Clemson. During his time in Clemson, he helped lead the Tigers to two national championships. He played on a defense that was considered one of the best in the country, as the Tigers led the country in sacks, tackles for loss and in scoring defense.
Following the 2018 season, Lawrence was drafted No. 17 overall by the Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Lawrence earned All-Pro status in 2022 after he recorded career highs in tackles (68), sacks (7.5), tackles for loss (7.5) and quarterback hits (28). His performance played a big role in helping the Giants advance to the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs.