Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, who will become a free agent when the new league year 2021 starts, doesn’t plan on hanging up his cleats. Not just yet anyways. The 33-year-old, who spent his nine-year career playing for the Cowboys, believes he still has a lot left in his tank. Also, plans to explore free agency if the Cowboys do not offer him a new deal.
After two injury plagued seasons, Lee played in all 16 games for the Cowboys last season. Finishing with 5 total tackles, one sack, and one interception. Despite being healthy and having a productive season, Lee might not be offered a new contract by the Cowboys. Dallas fired head coach Jason Garrett at the end of the season. Also, the Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy as their new head coach.
With McCarthy likely to want to bring in his own players and the Cowboys having a lot of depth at the linebacker position with Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith emerging as the best linebackers on the team. The Cowboys can afford to let Lee walk this offseason.
Where Will Sean Lee Sign in 2021?
In a recent interview, Lee was asked if he had considered retiring. Or going into coaching. The veteran said his focus is on playing.
“I have not explored that yet,” Lee said. “I’m focusing on playing as of now.”
Lee faced a similar situation last offseason after Vander Esch took over his role on defense when he went down with an injury. However, Lee and the Cowboys were able to come to terms on a deal that allowed him to return to the team last season.
With the veteran playing well when Vander Esch went down with a neck injury that forced him to miss the final six game of the season, the Cowboys might want to bring him back as insurance in case there is an injury at the position once again in 2021. If they are, expect Lee to jump at a chance to stay with the only team he has ever played for.
“I love it in Dallas and I love the Cowboys,” Lee said. “I hope it works out, for sure.”