Former No. 2 overall pick Leonard Davis became the richest offensive lineman of this year’s free-agent class when he agreed to a seven-year, $49.6 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The deal eclipses the seven-year, $49.5 million pact that Eric Steinbach received from Cleveland on Friday. The plan for Davis, who spent the first six years of his career with Arizona, is to play either right tackle or right guard for the Cowboys. Dallas is trying to re-sign right tackle Marc Colombo. If the Cowboys do that, Davis will play right guard.
The key to Dallas’ deal with Davis was that he received $18.75 million guaranteed and $24 million over the first three years. Davis’ guarantee is also more than Steinbach ($17 million), Kris Dielman ($17 million) and Derrick Dockery ($18.5 million) received, according to a source.
Agents Bruce and Ryan Tollner declined to comment on the deal. A press conference has preliminarily been set for Monday.
Davis had also visited Washington and had planned to visit the New York Giants. But after the Cowboys put a firm offer on the table, Davis quickly flew back to Dallas. The contract might have been higher, but Davis was more interested in returning to Texas, where his family lives.
Davis was a star offensive lineman at the University of Texas before being drafted by the Cardinals.