LB SEAN LEE HAS YET TO PLAY A FULL 16-GAME SEA­SON SINCE JOIN­ING THE TEAM IN 2010, SO WHAT’S NEXT?

Star-Telegram - - Sports - BY CLARENCE E. HILL JR. [email protected]­gram.com

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On third-and-7 with less than 2 min­utes left in their NFC di­vi­sional play­off game Satur­day, and the Cow­boys need­ing a stop to get the ball back for a pos­si­ble fi­nal shot, Los An­ge­les Rams quar­ter­back Jared Goff ran for a first down a right end.

Sean Lee was the only de­fender near Goff, but he couldn’t get off a block after ini­tially try­ing to play pass de­fense.

The Rams sim­ply ran out the clock on the Cow­boys sea­son – and pos­si­bly Lee’s ca­reer – with a 30-22 vic­tory.

If that was the last play of his ca­reer with the Cow­boys, then it would be a dis­ap­point­ing end for a de­fen­sive player who had a ca­reer as one of the team’s best in his­tory, when he was healthy.

Lee missed nine games in 2018 be­cause of ham­string in­juries and was re­placed in the start­ing lineup by rookie Leighton Van­der Esch. He missed five in 2017 and has never played a full 16-game sea­son since join­ing the Cow­boys in 2010.

As the team’s old­est po­si­tion player at 32, he ac­knowl­edges he and the Cow­boys have some de­ci­sions to make about his fu­ture.

“We will see. I am go­ing to take some time and think about it,” Lee said. “Ob­vi­ously, stay­ing healthy is some­thing I need to do if I want to keep play­ing. But I do love play­ing the game. I love the or­ga­ni­za­tion. We have to fig­ure out the fu­ture.”

He has a $10 mil­lion cap hit and $7 mil­lion base salary for 2019. It’s un­likely the Cow­boys will bring him back at that salary.

“There is a de­ci­sion,” he said. “I need to talk to my fam­ily. And see what the deal is Cow­boys wise. We have to fig­ure things out.”

The ques­tion is, what salary do you bring him back at, con­sid­er­ing there is no guar­an­tee how games he will be able to play?

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