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Report: Cowboys and Sean Lee working on restructured contract for 2019

Looks like The General will indeed be back with the Cowboys next season.

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It looks like Sean Lee will play with the Dallas Cowboys for the 2019 season. According to a report from the Dallas Morning News the Cowboys and their longtime linebacker are working on details to make it all the more feasible.

Lee enters the final year of his contract and is scheduled to make $7 million, a figure that will be reduced once discussions are done. At the conclusion of the season, the linebacker acknowledged that if the Cowboys wanted him back, he understood it would be as a reserve. He left the door open for a pay cut to reflect a diminished role, saying a decision to continue his career wouldn’t be driven by money.

A look at Jason Witten’s contract should provide a template for how the club attempts to restructure Lee’s final year. The tight end signed a deal earlier this week with a base salary of $2 million. A series of bonuses -- 53- and 46-man gameday rosters -- along with incentives tied to performance can increase that deal to $5 million.

Lee is at an interesting sort of crossroads in his career. There’s no question that he provides the leadership that the Cowboys love, but he was pushed off of the field thanks to the stellar play of Leighton Vander Esch last season.

If a player like Sean Lee is your reserve linebacker, you’re sitting in decent shape as a football club. The fact that he will enter the season with his role more fully defined will theoretically work to everyone’s advantage as he’s rarely been able to stay healthy for long stretches. There is no better insurance for the Wolf Hunter.

Earlier this week fellow linebacker Justin March-Lillard joined the Blogging The Boys podcast feed (listen right here) and mentioned that he believed Lee would do whatever it took to remain with the Cowboys (JML is also returning!). It looks like that is the case as the Cowboys will look to slice some dollar signs off of Lee’s contract in order to have more room to play around with in free agency. Lee’s current deal has a $10.075 million cap hit with $3.075 dead money.

Good news! Rejoice!