FRISCO, Texas – Sean Lee will have a chance to recoup the money he lost at the tail end of the 2015 season.
Earlier this week, the Cowboys reworked Lee's contract to include up to $2 million in per-game roster bonuses. They also converted $2 million of Lee's $3 million base salary into a signing bonus.
This all stems back to the final week of the 2015 season, when Lee sat out of the Week 17 loss to Washington with a hamstring problem. The veteran linebacker had an escalator in his contract that would increase his base salary by $2 million if he played in 80 percent of the Cowboys' snaps.
Missing the season finale put Lee at 77 percent on the season, as he also sat out against Tampa Bay and the second half of the home game against Philadelphia.
Thanks to those per-game bonuses of $125,000, Lee can now earn that $2 million back. He can also meet another mark in 2016, as his base salary for 2017 will jump from $7 million to $9 million if he plays in 80 percent of snaps this season.
The Cowboys will be hoping Lee meets the mark, as he's the lone Pro Bowler on the defensive side of the ball. Lee has sat out of practice the past few days with soreness in his knee, but team officials expect him to be ready to go for the season opener against the New York Giants.
-- David Helman