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Mailbag: How Does Injury History Play Into Re-signing Lee?
Won't Sean Lee's contract be up after next year? How would you re-sign him? If he stays healthy the majority of the season he is a top five linebacker in the league. But man, I would hate to give him that money when he hasn't stayed healthy.
Nick: I think you pay him for what he’s done. If he has a good year and maybe makes the Pro Bowl, you’ll have to be careful how he’s signed. Personally, I think the Cowboys have learned their lesson in paying big money to guys that only really performed at a high level for one or two years – Free and Austin. But Lee is tricky because injuries have slowed him down. Still, if they’re consistent enough to be a factor each year, then it’s something to consider. I would be cautious in how much he gets because of the injury history.
Rowan: Yes it will, and I would dole out the money for him. This team has had some problems getting stuck in long-term deals with players who aren’t worth the investment later in the contract, but we’re talking about arguably the best defensive player on the team. The injuries have to be a concern, but he would be worth the risk in my mind. That’s a player you can’t let leave.
With all the added coaches on the team, what players will benefit most from all the experience that has been brought in?
Nick: That’s not a tough question – but nearly an impossible question to predict. So I’ll just say DeMarco Murray. He’s got a new RB coach in Gary Brown and I think Murray will benefit from a new coach and new voice. Brown has experience getting a lot out of his players in Cleveland. That’s a tough one, but let’s go with Murray.
Rowan:I’m going to go on the other side of the ball and say Tyrone Crawford and Sean Lissemore. Both players became consistent contributors last