Cowboys’ Lee reaches deal on 6-year extension
Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee signed a six-year
contract extension Wednesday, a deal that goes through the 2019
A story on the team’s website Wednesday night said Lee’s deal is
worth about $42 million, but could escalate as high as $51 million
depending on different incentives. The guaranteed money is around
”I’m extremely excited. I was blessed to be able to be drafted
by a great franchise,” Lee said in a video interview posted along
with the story. ”To have an opportunity to be here a long time and
hopefully compete for a Super Bowl is fantastic.”
Lee’s agent, Mike McCartney, posted a message on his Twitter
account congratulating the linebacker.
”Congrats to SEAN LEE for agreeing to a 6 year extension with
the (at)dallascowboys”, the agent tweeted Wednesday.
Lee is going into his fourth NFL season since being a
second-round pick from Penn State in 2010.
The high-energy linebacker is a key part for the Cowboys in
their switch to a 4-3 system under new defensive coordinator Monte
Lee played only six games last season, when he had 77 tackles
before being sidelined by a torn ligament in his right big toe.
During his rookie season, Lee played 14 games behind Bradie
James and Keith Brooking.
He became a full-time starter in 2011 and led the team with 131
tackles, 52 more than any other player, despite playing the second
half of the season with a broken left wrist protected by a bulky
cast and missing a game because of the injury.
Without being specific, Lee said his new contract takes injuries
”I’ve said I need to find a way to stay on this field, and the
contract is extremely fair, where if I’m on the field the whole
year I’ll be able to get paid,” he said.
”At the same point, if I do have injuries, it protects the
Cowboys, and I think that’s fantastic, especially with the injuries
I’ve dealt with in the past.”
Lee said his goal is to be on the field every game.
He was also hampered by injuries during his rookie camp and
early in his first season, though he played 14 games without
There was also a December 2010 game at Indianapolis where Lee
intercepted Peyton Manning twice. He returned one for a touchdown
and set up a game-winning field goal in overtime with the
After signing the deal Wednesday night, Lee said he was already
focused on practice the next day. The Cowboys have two preseason
games remaining, including Saturday night at home against
Cincinnati, before the Sept. 8 opener at home against the New York
”It’s great to have it done,” he said. ”Being able to focus
on this year, focus on winning, focus on me becoming a better
football player and staying on the field, making sure I’m healthy
so I can help this team win.”
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