After watching three of their defense top contributors join other teams (Byron Jones, Maliek Collins and Jeff Heath), the Dallas Cowboys helped sure up their linebacker core with bringing back veteran Sean Lee.
Not a splashy resigning one, but a needed one with third-year linebacker Leighton Vander Esch coming off of a neck injury. It had been speculated earlier this week that a return could be in the cards for Lee as it was reported that the team reached out to him last week.
Lee’s deal is reportedly a one-year investment worth $4.5 million with $2 million fully guaranteed.
Excited for Sean Lee to play another season for the @dallascowboys
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) March 17, 2020
Lee played nearly 60 percent of the snaps for the Cowboys in 2019 as he finished with 86 tackles, one sack and one interception. Sean Lee provides depth at a position that will always have a bit of a question mark on it in regards to injury history.
Lee may not be the All-Pro linebacker he was a few years ago, but his talents and on-field instincts are a luxury few teams benefit from.
Last word on the state of Leighton Vander Esch came from owner Jerry Jones at the 2020 NFL combine where he said he is “100 percent [healthy] in my eyes.”
Getting Lee back helps depth wise for another year in Dallas. However, entering age 34 at the start of the season, he’s a short-term solution that won’t hinder the Cowboys from making a long-term investment in the draft.
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