Sean Lee will look to play strongside linebacker from the Dallas Cowboys’ base shield when copying Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch from the nickel shield occasionally at 2019.
On Monday, the veteran linebacker signed up his re-worked contract which will conserve the Cowboys approximately $4 million in salary-cap distance but gives him a chance to produce as much as $1 million based on play time incentives.
“I really like the organization,” Lee told ESPN. “I enjoy being part of this particular team. I like my team mates. I’ve been lucky since Day 1 to play for the Cowboys. It has been a dream come true and I WIShed to keep being with this group and chase after a championship”
Yet another number totaled to Lee: 10 years as being a Cowboy.
“By no way am I saying this really is my last year, however a few years with this particular company with the help of the Jones’ family, my coaches, teammates and people across the city they’ve shown me throughout the challenging times, this means a lot if you ask me,” explained Lee, a second-round pick this season. “And it continues to motivate me to help people win a championship”
Lee, who turns 33 in July, has missed 14 games with hamstring injuries the last two seasons, including nine in 2018. After the play off loss to the Los Angeles Rams, he contemplated retirement or potentially playing elsewhere knowing that the Cowboys could be unlikely to pay his $7 million base wages without any adjustments to the deal.
“The frustration out of the injuries led me to just consider where I had been at in my career,” Lee said. “I think once you get past that and realize what kind of team we now have and how much pleasure it would be to play for this group, I have the passion to go outside and playwith. That took over.”
A full-time player since his second season, Lee might have to adapt to a different character and position with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch starring in 2018 and finishing because the Cowboys’ top two tacklers. Lee will move over to strongside linebacker, while appearing to spell Smith and Vander Esch occasionally in sub packages.
“I am here to be some man who makes plays the field,” Lee said,”I am a person that WIShes to play still feel as though I could help us win matches. Clearly, I have to do a superior job staying on the field on a consistent basis and I’ve not been near doing this the previous couple of decades. But there’s no question I want to set a role and can get on the field and make plays.”
Lee was exercising in The Star for a fantastic chunk of the off season to date with all the state off season program not starting until next month.
“We’ve got a game plan and we’ll continue to correct it if we want,” Lee said. “whenever we’ve managed to practice and play and sustain matters, this has been great. As for me, I have to find a means to keep on the field .