La'Roi Glover

Extra Points: Lawrence, Gostkowski, Bills

After inking a five-year, $105MM extension with the Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence met with the media today. The pass-rusher discussed his impending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, although he cautioned that he’ll be ready to go for the start of the year.

“I’ll be ready for the start of the season,” Lawrence said (via ESPN’s Todd Archer). “I’m not worried about it. It’s just about getting [the surgery] over with.”

Lawrence is facing a four- to six-month rehabilitation process. The defensive end previously had two back surgeries and a thumb operation, and he’s been playing through his current injury since 2017. However, the ailment hasn’t forced Lawrence to miss any time, and he’s compiled 25 sacks over the past two years. In fact, his impending surgery may have helped to speed up negotiations.

“We were aware of it, and I knew we were getting to a point where we needed to make it happen,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “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.”

Let’s check out some more notes from around the NFL…

  • Albert Breer of The MMQB has plenty of details regarding Lawrence’s negotiations with the Cowboys. Specifically, the defensive end never had any desire to leave Dallas, a fact that ended up working in the organization’s favor. If the two sides hadn’t agreed to a new deal by the July 15th deadline, Lawrence would have reported to the team on the Saturday before Week 1, and he never intended to sit out the entire season. When negotiations weren’t going well, Lawrence’s agent contacted a pair of unidentified AFC teams about trading for the Pro Bowler, although nothing ever materialized.
  • Stephen Gostkowski‘s two-year deal with the Patriots is worth $8.5MM, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (via Twitter). The kicker just finished up a four-year, $17.2MM pact with the organization, so his average annual value remains consistent. The three-time Super Bowl champion is the third-most accurate kicker in league history. Last season, he made 27 of his 32 field goal attempts, good for an 84.4% conversion rate that ranked 20th in the NFL.
  • Quinton Spain‘s one-year deal with the Bills is worth $2.05MM, according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak (via Twitter). The offensive guard will receive a $200K signing bonus, a $1.75MM non-guaranteed base salary, and a $100K workout bonus. Spain, who started 48 games over four seasons with the Titans, joined the Bills last week.
  • The Chargers have hired La’Roi Glover as an assistant defensive line coach, according to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com. Glover played 13 seasons in the NFL, earning six Pro Bowl nods. The former defensive tackle also earned a spot on the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2000s. The 44-year-old previously served as a coach with both the Jets and Rams. The organization also announced that Chris Caminiti was hired as a senior coaching assistant.

AFC Notes: Bills, Pats, Bolts, Jets, Chiefs

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk speculated over the weekend that the Bills could cut running back LeSean McCoy, but the five-time Pro Bowler’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, shot down that possibility Tuesday. Rosenhaus told PFT that he hasn’t had any discussions with the Bills about moving on from McCoy. Moreover, he expects the two-year Bill to remain in Buffalo for “many years to come” (via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com). McCoy is coming off one of his best campaigns – 1,623 total yards, 5.4 yards per carry, 14 touchdowns and 50 receptions – and is due to count $8.875MM against the cap in 2017, his age-29 season.

More from the AFC:

  • As a result of his 120-day jail sentence for Extreme DUI, Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd won’t be able to leave the state of Arizona until at least June 17. Thus, it’s unlikely the impending free agent will sign anywhere until the summer, writes Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com. Although he was a healthy scratch for Super Bowl LI and could face a suspension to begin next season, the Pats have interest in re-signing Floyd.
  • The Chargers are adding LaDainian Tomlinson to their front office, Fred Roggin of NBC Los Angeles tweets. It’s unclear what Tomlinson will do in his new position, but he was resoundingly success in his previous job with the Chargers, of course. The longtime running back is among the greatest Bolts (and players) of all-time, having made five Pro Bowls and taken home an MVP as a member of the club from 2001-09. Tomlinson only rushed for fewer than 1,100 yards in one of those seasons, and he combined for 169 touchdowns as a runner, receiver and passer.
  • The Jets have hired longtime NFL defensive lineman La’Roi Glover as their assistant D-line coach, per Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday. Glover, 42, spent the past seven years as the director of player engagement with the Rams. Previously, as a member of the Raiders, Saints, Cowboys and Rams from 1996-2008, he combined for 83.5 sacks, six Pro Bowl appearances and four first-team All-Pro nods.
  • C.J. Spiller‘s deal with the Chiefs is a one-year, $980K pact, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com tweets. He’ll earn a $55K bonus if he’s on the 53-man roster in Week 1.

Zach Links contributed to this post.