The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly re-signing veteran Sean Lee, who is key to adding quality depth on a linebacker corps with several unknowns.
The Dallas Cowboys have one of the youngest and most talented linebackers corps in the NFL. It features starters in Pro Bowlers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Yet, there are lingering questions about both players heading into 2020. And a key veteran signing was needed to help secure the linebacker corps in Dallas.
On Tuesday, the Cowboys agreed to re-sign linebacker Sean Lee to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with $2 million fully guaranteed. That according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The 33-year old Lee started in 13 games last season, recording 86 total tackles, a sack, four pass deflections, and an interception.
Originally a second-round selection out of Penn State, injuries have plagued the two-time Pro Bowlers’ career in Dallas. Those injuries led the Cowboys to eventually using a high second-round selection in 2016 on Jaylon Smith out of Notre Dame and their 2018 first-round pick on Vander Esch out of Boise State.
As Smith and Vander Esch have risen to prominence, Lee has taken on a mentor role and provided quality depth at the position. But there were questions whether the veteran free agent would remain in Dallas following a regime shakeup that saw the team hired Mike McCarthy, who swiftly made several changes to the coaching staff.
Yet, questions about Vander Esch’s health following offseason neck surgery and the fact Jaylon Smith is coming off a bit of a down season despite earning his first Pro Bowl nod meant the Cowboys needed to re-sign Lee if at all possible. And it appears that will now become reality with this news.
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