Cowboys ink DT Tyrone Crawford to 5-year extension

Dallas Cowboys ascending defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford got his big payday.

The defensive tackle agreed to a new five-year extension Saturday, the team announced.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the extension is worth $45 million, with $25.7 million in guarantees and $17.4 million fully guaranteed, according to a source involved in the deal.

The Cowboys and Crawford both hoped to get an extension done prior to Sunday night's tussle with rival New York Giants. Crawford had been set to play out the final year of his rookie deal, worth $675,000.

The 25-year-old burst out in 2014 -- after missing all of 2013 with a torn Achilles -- compiling 29 quarterback hurries, 12 QB hits and three sacks as he moved to tackle under defensive line guru Rod Marinelli.

Crawford placed 15th on Around The NFL's "Making the Leap" rankings this summer, displaying impressive burst, quickness and strength in the interior. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared the 290-pound lineman to a poor man's Ndamukong Suh.

With Crawford wrapped up long-term and young edge rushers Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory under team control, the Cowboys have the makings of a strong front four for seasons to come.

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