, Texas (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence may not be the highest-paid Dallas Cowboys player in history for long. Doesn’t mean the club’s best defensive end can’t enjoy the distinction while it lasts.The 26-year-old Lawrence signed a five-year, $105 million contract, with $65 million guaranteed, on Tuesday. He then was asked repeatedly to try to reflect on what it means to have a $21 million-per-year average that tops retired quarterback Tony Romo, pass rushing predecessor and franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware and receiver Dez Bryant before him.“I have so many emotions going on right now,” Lawrence said while his parents, young son and fiancee watched in the room where coach Jason Garrett holds his daily news conferences during the season.“It’s hard for me to take it in. Going through the back surgeries and stuff, I thought my career was over. Before I even made a couple of sacks, I thought I would never see this day.”Shoulder surgery is next, scheduled for Wednesday and part of the reason a deal got done long before a July 15 deadline that was in place after the Cowboys put the franchise tag on Lawrence for the second straight year.Getting the procedure done now raises the question of whether the two-time Pro Bowler will be ready for the regular season — he declared that he would be — and waiting to do it until after he had a new contract gave Lawrence some leverage.Last year, Lawrence signed the $17.1 million franchise tag right away. This year, he wasn’t going to grab $20.5 million guaranteed anytime soon, determined to get the long-term deal he felt he deserved. By not signing, Lawrence could have skipped mandatory minicamp without getting fined.“We were getting to a point where we needed to make it happen Daniel Jones Jersey
,” executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said of the surgery, joined by Garrett at the news conference while owner Jerry Jones made an opening speech over the phone from NFL labor meetings.“I think DeMarcus was aware of that too. I mean, he loves to play the game. Certainly, having that looming out there was probably important for both of us to really push and make the push we did there to get it done.”The Cowboys have several young stars with paydays coming, headlined by quarterback Dak Prescott. Stephen Jones wasn’t shy in suggesting that Prescott is likely to replace Lawrence whenever he signs.Prescott is in the final year of a rookie deal that pays the fourth-round pick $2 million. That’s more than three times Prescott’s salary from the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year’s second Pro Bowl season in 2018.“When you’re getting ready to do a quarterback who is a franchise quarterback and already has put some serious skins on the wall like Dak has, no, he’s probably not going to be there long,” Stephen Jones said. “But he can always say he held the mantle, albeit it might be a short time.”Three years into his career, Lawrence wasn’t thinking about a big second contract. He had nine career sacks at that point, eight of them in his second season. The former Boise State player didn’t have a sack as a rookie in 2014, and just one two years later as he battled those back issues, along with other ailments.Lawrence also had to serve a four-game suspension for violating the ban on performance-enhancers to start the 2016 season. Finally healthy and free of that cloud, Lawrence tied for second in the NFL with 14½ sacks in 2017 and had another 10½ last season.“The adversity he had early in his career and how he came back from that Quincy Williams II Jersey
, a number of different times,” Garrett said. “One of the great leaders on our defense … who does things the right way and certainly a cornerstone player who we want to be here for a long, long time.”Jerry Jones recalled the criticism he took when the Cowboys traded up 13 spots to the second pick of the second round of the 2014 draft “to take a player that we thought was the player left on the board that had the juice to get to the passer.”“A lot of people thought we paid too much to get him,” said Jones, who gave up his third-round pick that year. “Here we stand with a guy that’s about to be the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys. He’s earned it.”Lawrence will enjoy the highest-paid distinction while he can. John Ryan Murphy had a busy day at the plate.
Murphy drove in a career-high three runs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
”There wasn’t a lot of runs tonight so it was nice to contribute to the ones that we did have,” Murphy said.
Zack Godley (9-5) pitched five innings and allowed two runs and six hits for the Diamondbacks, who are 14-4 in their last 18 games.
”This team is awesome,” Godley said. ”From the top to the bottom, it’s a great team.”
Arizona’s David Peralta had three hits and drove in a run, Jake Lamb had two hits and knocked in one, and Paul Goldschmidt doubled to give him 17 extra-base hits in his last 19 games.
Yoshihisa Hirano got Justin Bour to fly out with the bases loaded to end the eighth to keep the lead at 5-3.
”He’s their main guy and it’s at the point of the game where everybody is holding their breath and you’re hoping you can execute and we did,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
Brad Boxberger pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 22 chances.
”I don’t think it was our cleanest ballgame, but the pitchers stepped up at the right time and we were able to overcome some mistakes and win a tough ball game,” Lovullo said.
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, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Manager Don Mattingly served his one-game suspension for the June 19 game in which Dan Straily was ejected for intentionally throwing a pitch at Buster Posey.
”We had some opportunities and we had the right guys up,” said Tim Wallach, who served as the Marlins’ manager. ”We keep battling. That’s what we say every day. These guys keep playing, trying to win a ballgame and giving us opportunities against some tough guys.”
Miami’s Elieser Hernandez (0-5) struck out a career-high eight batters over four innings and allowed two runs and four hits.
”I had more strikeouts today but it wasn’t my best outing,” Hernandez said.
Ben Meyer pitched four innings in relief, allowing three runs, two earned.
Lamb and Peralta hit back-to-back doubles off Hernandez in the third for a 2-0 lead.
Bryan Holaday’s groundout cut the deficit to 2-1.
Murphy doubled to left field for a 4-1 advantage in the fifth.
Castro’s solo shot to left brought Miami within 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth.
Godley exited after one batter in the sixth and earned his ninth victory of the season setting a new career high. He is 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA over his last four starts.
Murphy’s sacrifice fly in the seventh pushed the lead to 5-2.
The Marlins once again cut into the lead pulling within 5-3 on a throwing error by second baseman Ketel Marte in the bottom of the seventh.
LAMB HEATING UP
Lamb extending his hitting streak to six games, which includes three multihit games. He is hitting .360 (9 for 25) with one home run and three RBIs during that span.
STRAILY DROPS APPEAL
Straily dropped his appeal for his five-game suspension and began serving it Tuesday.
Diamondbacks: OF Steven Sousa (pectoral) will begin a rehab assignment as a designated hitter with Single-A Visalia on Tuesday. … OF A.J. Pollock (thumb) took part in hitting activities. ”I heard that it went well and he felt OK,” Lovullo said.
Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto (right wrist) missed his second consecutive game after being hit by a foul ball in Sunday’s game.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 4.88 ERA) is expected to be re-instated from the 10-day disabled list and make his first start since April 29 due to a strained right oblique. ”Knowing he’s coming back is going to be a big boost for us,” Lovullo said. ”Any time you bring back an All-Star or somebody of his caliber, it’s a very good sign.”
Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-4, 6.70) is coming off a start in Colorado on June 22 in which he allowed seven runs on a season-high nine hits in four innings.