Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2013, but, obviously, the team would like to keep him around for a while. Spurred on by the brilliance shown by the Penn State product in 2011, ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon believes Dallas will give Lee an extension before the season opener.
“Look for Lee to get a long-term contract extension before the beginning of the season,” MacMahon wrote this week. “The Cowboys are looking for him to be a leader of this defense for a long time.”
Lee led the team with 105 tackles back in 2011, and he was tied with Terence Newman for the team lead in interceptions as well. He was on his way to another big year in 2012, but he missed the team’s final ten games after suffering an injury to his big toe.
Despite missing most of that season, Lee finished tied for the sixth most tackles on the team--a sure sign that, when healthy, he is a huge key to this defensive unit, one that Dallas doesn’t intend on letting slip away.
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