Don't Forget About
Sean Lee's impact on this group as he enters the second decade of his Cowboys career.
Lee will be 34 years old when the regular season kicks off in September. This will be his 11th season, far more than any linebacker on the roster. 2019 wasn't a career year, but quietly it was one of his best.
Lee played a full 16 games for the first time – a personal triumph after battling hamstring problems for two straight seasons. He also finished second on the team with 109 tackles despite playing just over a third of the defensive snaps in the first six games as the starting strong-side linebacker. Leighton Vander Esch's midseason neck injury moved Lee back to his old weak side spot, and he played well down the stretch.
At this point in his career, Lee has taken a year-by-year approach to playing, and his production last season convinced him that he could still help the team. The Cowboys agreed and reached a new one-year deal with him in March.
Vander Esch is expected to return healthy this season. But Lee's value is still evident. He can play any linebacker position, and he'll continue to be a mentor for Vander Esch and fellow starter Jaylon Smith.
It remains to be seen how many more years Lee will play. But his goals have never changed.
"Obviously being here for as long as I have been, it's a place where I want to retire and hopefully fulfill a goal of winning a championship," Lee said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio in March. "… And for me, hopefully winning a championship with the Cowboys and then in the future retiring there, that's always been my plan."