This week, the New York Giants retained another key piece of their roster when they signed star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence to a four-year, $90 million contract.
At 25, he’s already one of the NFL’s best at his position, and he was a big reason the Giants exceeded expectations in 2022.
Talking to the media about his new deal, he said that the money he got was not important, but the deal was about respect, as shared by SNY Giants.
What was important to Dexter Lawrence in his contract extension?
“The amount, for me, wasn’t that important. I just knew that I wanted to be respected for my production and my lead.” pic.twitter.com/StiGcfshH0
– Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) May 5, 2023
17 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and after a decent but ineffective first three seasons, he hit a new level in 2022.
He recorded 7.5 sacks, 28 quarterback hits and seven tackles for loss, earning him his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.
He helped the Giants surprise everyone by winning six of their first seven games and making the playoffs, where they upset the Minnesota Vikings.
Unlike many good or great teams, New York didn’t do it with a stellar offense — rather, they often won ugly on the strength of their defense.
It looks like they will have to keep winning like this next season.
Although the Giants have brought in tight end Darren Waller, who had back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020, they still lack high-level playmakers other than star running back Saquon Barkley.
But they proved last year that it doesn’t necessarily take a lot of talent to beat talented teams in any given week.
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