Another one of the New York Giants‘ rising young stars will be remaining with them for the foreseeable future.
Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was given a four-year, $90 million contract on Thursday to keep him in the Tri-state area with a team that appears to be on the rise.
The Giants look a lot different than they did a few years ago, and Ari Meirov pointed out how they used the draft pick they acquired when they traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in 2019 to select Lawrence.
Always fun to trace things back: The #Giants drafted Dexter Lawrence with the first-round pick they got in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade with Cleveland in 2019.
Now Lawrence is signing a 4-year, $90M deal to stay long-term with the Giants. pic.twitter.com/bdK01D7RxU
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) May 4, 2023
Lawrence got his first Pro Bowl nod last season, and he posted 7.5 sacks, 28 quarterback hits, and seven tackles for loss.
After four seasons, he is already one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles, and he is a major part of the success New York had last season.
They won six of their first seven games, which surprised just about everyone, and they ended up reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and upset the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card round.
The Giants may still have only the third-best team in the NFC East, but they will have to be accounted for moving forward.
On the offensive side of the football, they added tight end Darren Waller, a former Pro Bowler who had back-to-back seasons with over 1,100 yards not too long ago.
The key for them moving forward will be the development of quarterback Daniel Jones as a passing threat, and if he improves in that department, perhaps they can pull off another upset in the postseason.NEXT: Fans React To Today's Massive Dexter Lawrence News