The Dallas Cowboys locked up defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford for five more years Saturday.
Crawford announced the extension on his Twitter account, @TCrawford98, writing: “Hard #WorkK pays off! Blessed to be part of the @DallasCowboys for the next five years!” A picture of Crawford signing the contract was included with the tweet.
Crawford’s five-year extension is for $45 million with $25.7 million guaranteed.
News of Crawford and the Cowboys nearing a long-term deal was known on Friday, with both Crawford and executive vice president Stephen Jones addressing the issue.
“He represents everything that we want to wear the star,” Jones said. “He’s a really solid player on the field and plays the way we want to play the game and even a better guy off the field. We’re working hard to ensure that he’ll be there.”
Crawford, 25, was set to become a free agent after the season. By reaching a long-term deal, the Cowboys avoided a potential bidding war on the open market should Crawford have a breakout season. For Crawford, he got financial security up front and stayed with the only organization he’s known since being drafted in the third round in 2012.
“I think everybody knows how much I love Dallas, love this team, love this organization, love the ownership, my teammates,” Crawford said Friday.
Crawford, who missed the 2013 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, settled into the three-technique tackle spot in Rod Marinelli’s Tampa 2 scheme last season. He finished the regular season with 37 tackles, three sacks and 29 quarterback pressures, and has been pegged for an even bigger season this year.
Crawford said the contract negotiations, which were ongoing since earlier the off-season, never became a distraction for him.
“I just do what I have to do every day. I’m not worried about anything else,” Crawford said. “I’m playing for something way bigger than just money or man. I’m playing for myself, my family, God, and definitely keep that in mind first.
“I have goals I want to accomplish. Being Canadian, there’s a lot more goals I can accomplish being in the NFL as far as making certain things — Pro Bowl and All Pro. So focused on that stuff. As long as I keep focusing on that, I think everything will work out for me.”
It worked out all right on Saturday with a nice payday.
Drew Davison, 817-390-7760