The following is an excerpt from Rainer Sabin’s column on DallasNews.Com…
ARLINGTON — Hidden in the legal language of the six-year contract extension Sean Lee signed Wednesday, between the lines of the document, was the narrative of the Cowboys linebacker’s professional career.
It’s a tale of a player with qualities desirable enough to pay him as much as $51 million to keep. It’s also a story of a man who has been betrayed by his body to the point that the organization committing to his future added playtime incentives while guaranteeing him a modest percentage of the total money he could earn.
On Thursday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones called Lee “the Jason Witten of the defense,” comparing the fourth-year linebacker to Dallas’ elite tight end who has been named to the Pro Bowl eight times.
“But the big thing with Sean, and he knows it, is that he’s got to stay healthy,” Jones said.
And that’s what makes Lee a walking contradiction, a player viewed as among the most dependable in the Cowboys’ locker room from a performance standpoint but one who has been unreliable based on his record of availability.
“I still have a ton left to prove,” Lee said Thursday. “I still have to find a way to stay on the football field.”
Lee now has extra incentive to prove his worth. If he participates in at least 80 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 2013 or 2014, he’ll see a bump in his pay in 2015.
Of the 48 regular-season games he could have played in his career, he’s already missed 13 of them because of a pulled hamstring in 2010, a dislocated wrist in 2011 and torn ligaments in his right big toe that sidelined him last season for the final 10 weeks.
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I would add to what Sabin had to say, but what would I add? This is a smart contract. Sean Lee is worthy of his hire if he can stay healthy. Jerry has put together a good contract for the player and the team.