Cowboys LB Sean Lee: "Planning On Playing This Year"

Mike Fisher
February 13, 2019 - 2:45 pm
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FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) - Sean Lee, guesswork and speculation, aside, has no intention of retiring.

"Yes,'' Lee told me on Wednesday in a 1-on-1 visit, "I plan on playing next year.''

That's not to say the guesswork and speculation wasn't understandable, and in one department, at least, some of it will continue. Lee is a 32-year-old Pro Bowler with a self-admitted troubling injury history who, as is presently stands, is an expensive proposition for the Cowboys to retain as is.

But there are adjustments that can be made contractually as he is presently due to make a $7 million salary and count as a $10 million cap hit in 2019. That surely won't continue, even while Dallas doesn't have cap problems; simply, it's very difficult marrying the two concepts of "backup'' and "10 million,'' and the idea of cutting that figure in half makes great sense.

That would be in line with what the Cowboys wish, too.

"We want him back,'' Cowboys COO Stephen Jones recently said on 105.3 The Fan, calling Lee "a special player. ... I think he’s a leader on this football team.”

Lee is all of that. But he's also a player who if he returns to Dallas in 2019 figures to be a backup to young standouts Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith. And Lee is aware of that.

Sources here inside The Star truly believe he can play at least two more NFL seasons at a high level -- barring the hamstring issues that have plagued him in recent years.

"We want him back,'' Jones said. "I think he’s a leader on this football team.”

Hopefully, that return is to the Cowboys; surely that's Lee's wish as well. But definitely NFL football, and hopefully Cowboys football, is central to Sean Lee's 2019 plan.