FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys and Sean Lee have agreed on a restructured contract that will pay the lineback $ 3.5 million and give him a chance to earn $ 7 million in 2019, a source confirming to ESPN.
Lee set to make a $ 7 million base salary during his final year, but knew he would have to accept less with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch who took over the starting roles last season. Lee will be playing strong sidebar in the base defense while spelling Smith and Vander Esch in the nickel defense sometimes in 2019.
Lee, who has played midfielder and weak side linebacker since drawing in the second round in 201
0, has been reduced by hamstring injury for the last two seasons that have cost him 14 matches. Lee played in seven games in 2018, started five, and was credited by coaches with 37 tackles, a tackle for loss, half a bag, two quarterback prints, a pass bend and a fumble recovery.
When he returned late in the season, he saw limited action when coaches saw rotating Smith, Lee and Vander Esch.
Cowboys value Lee leadership and believe he can continue to mentor Smith and Vander Esch. Lee considered retirement after the season ended but quickly decided he wanted to continue playing for the cowboys.
The NFL network was the first to report on the restructured deal.