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Sean Lee Restructures Contract to Stay With Dallas Cowboys

The and veteran have agreed to a restructuring on the final year of his contract, keeping him with the team in 2019. The move will allow Lee to stay with the only team he's ever known, and let's the Cowboys keep one of their best and most experienced leaders.

Lee has agreed to reduce his $7 million base salary in 2019 in half. That means $3.5 million will immediately go back into Dallas' space for 2019.

The Cowboys could have saved all $7 million by releasing Sean, but that would have left them pretty thin at linebacker. They already expect to lose to .

Lee can now continue to mentor , , and other young linebackers while also providing an excellent depth option.

Dallas could also potentially start Sean in the base 4-3 . With Wilson leaving, Jaylon could play SAM while Lee and Vander Esch cover the other two spots.

As mentioned in Rapoport's tweet, Lee could earn back his money through performance incentives. Those likely focus on snaps or games played, which have been an issue for the oft-injured linebacker throughout his career.

However, those incentives will come out over the course of the regular season and can be accounted for later. This move immediately puts money back into Dallas' spending pool, which is welcome with free agency starting in just a few more days.

With Lee turning 34 next year and his contract expiring, 2019 may very well be his last NFL season. He was already considering at the end of the season but has decided to give it at least one more run.

After today's news, it will definitely be with the Dallas Cowboys.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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