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Will Sean Lee Be A Dallas Cowboy In 2020?

There’s been a changing of the guard in Dallas lately.

The first thing to change? The quarterback position, when Dak Prescott took over for an injured Tony Romo in 2016 and never looked back. Then just a few weeks ago Jason Garrett, the head coach of the Cowboys for nearly a full decade, was replaced by Mike McCarthy.

Now, the writing appears to be on the wall for veteran linebacker Sean Lee.

Lee has been a mainstay with America’s Team for ten years himself, becoming a fan favorite and one man wrecking crew of sorts on the defensive side of the ball. For years the narrative was that as long as Sean Lee was healthy, the Cowboys defense would be ok.

And honestly, there was some truth to that.

Do the Dallas Cowboys Have a Sean Lee Backup Plan?
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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee watches during the 2nd quarter of a preseason NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. The Texans won the game 14 to 6
NFL Cowboys vs Texans, Houston, USA – 30 Aug 2018

Lee was the most important player on Dallas’ defense for quite some time, playing at a Pro Bowl player when healthy. The issue is, though, that it has been increasingly difficult for him to be healthy. Now Lee is entering unrestricted free agency at 34 years old, with his replacements already drafted with a couple of years of starting experience under their belts.

Lee is no longer the player he once was, but he’s clearly respected and loved in that locker room. When Sean had arguably his best performance in years against Los Angeles last season, recording both a sack and an interception, the pure joy from all of his teammates was obvious. After the game, cornerback Jourdan Lewis went as far as to call Lee their true leader on the defense, despite no longer holding the “captain” status.

That stuff matters. It really does. Bill Simmons once wrote that what we learned the “secret” about winning in the NBA was that it really wasn’t about basketball at all. The secret is chemistry. This applies in football, the ultimate team game, as well. And Sean Lee is exact kind of player which can heighten your chemistry.

But the coaches which have loved Lee are now all gone, with a new staff in place and a new philosophy on the way. Lee is past his prime, and may want to take matters into his own hands and retire before the season begins.

At the end of the day – Sean Lee deserves to finish his career as a Dallas Cowboy. There’s a role for him on the 2020 Cowboys if he wants it.

What do you think?

Kevin Brady

Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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  1. And just like Sean Lee I think the Cowboys should give Dez A chance to finish his career as a Cowboy both of them could help this team if the price is right no harm in letting this happen the Cowboys can always let them go if it didn’t workout.

  2. I think Lee is the third best linebacker on the team, the most savvy and the best cover if it comes at the same price as this past year definitely. As for Dez the talent was there but he refused to improve his route running, he was a discipline problem with countless running’s with the media, if he’s changed and the price is right he could help, but is it that no one offered him a contract this past year?, he was healthy.

  3. I say let him play for as long as he wants!! I think he’s earned that!! He’s talking about maybe retiring, but hasn’t decided yet, but if he does decide to come back for another year or two, let him!! He’s good enough still and he’s definitely done enough for this team to have the chance to play for the cowboys for as long as he wants!! Not to mention the fact that we need LB help next season too since almost every LB on the team are free agents!!

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