A new Sean Lee contract wraps up the Dallas Cowboys star linebacker through the 2019 season. According to ESPN on Aug. 21, the Cowboys made sure to cover themselves as well with some insurance if he suffers a severe injury.
The deal is a nice one that pays Lee up to $51 million over six seasons, and Dallas got it done before Lee began the final season of his rookie contract. It also included a $10 million signing bonus. Lee will make $630,000 in 2013, $5.5 million in 2014, $2.5 million in 2015, $3 million in 2016 and then $7 million a year from 2017-2019.
Lee has spent much of his Dallas career injured, although when healthy he has been one of the most dominant players on the Cowboys defense. The Cowboys took this into account with the new contract.
If Lee plays 80 percent of the snaps over the next two years, he gets an extra $1.5 million guaranteed money added on to his 2015 salary. He can also earn an extra $7.5 million towards his base salaries from 2016 to 2019, with 80 percent playing time in the previous years.
This new contract is comparable to Patrick Willis, who got $53.5 million with $29 million guaranteed from the San Francisco 49ers. If Sean Lee can remain healthy, his contract should pay him just as much, and the Dallas Cowboys believe that, if healthy, he will rank alongside linebackers like Willis over the next few years.
Despite only playing is six games in 2012, Sean Lee still finished the season ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 77 and also had eight quarterback pressures, an interception and a forced fumble. The new Sean Lee contract wraps him up with the Dallas Cowboys until he is 33.