FRISCO, Texas – Sean Lee is indeed returning for a 10th season with the Cowboys.
Lee has restructured his contract for 2019, the final year of his current deal -- confirming signals in recent weeks that the veteran linebacker would be back.
The two sides agreed on the new restructure over the weekend and officially turned it into the NFL office on Monday.
Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, Garrett said he "absolutely" expected Lee to have a role on defense next season.
"He's a really good football player," Garrett said. "Watch him play in the Rams game, the number of plays that he made. He's got a lot of football left in him and he'll be a part of what we're doing going forward."
After the season, Lee was set to make $7 million in 2019 with a $10 million salary cap figure. According to reports, Lee can get back to his original $7 million base salary for 2019 by meeting incentives.
In mid-January, the 32-year-old defensive captain said he would contemplate his football future after the Cowboys lost to the Rams in the NFC divisional playoff round.
Lee, a nine-year veteran, missed nine games with hamstring issues that also sidelined him for parts of the 2017 season. Jaylon Smith and rookie Leighton Vander Esch emerged as productive starting linebackers, with Vander Esch – the team's first-round pick last April – earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.
Back from injury in December, Lee accepted a reduced role late in the season and has been praised for supporting both players' development. He finished the season with 37 team-credited tackles and a half-sack in seven games (five starts).