Lee is scheduled for free agency in March and the Cowboys have yet to decide whether they want to bring the veteran back for another season. First, they’ll have to address other priorities, including a potential extension for star quarterback Dak Prescott. McCartney says that Lee intends on exploring his options on the open market, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see the two sides reach a deal in the coming weeks.
Lee has spent his entire pro career in Dallas. A second-round pick in 2010, Lee cracked the starting lineup in 2011 and notched 104 total tackles. In 2013, he came away with four interceptions and ran them the other way for a league-high 174 yards. Still, injuries have hampered him throughout the years. Out of 160 possible regular season games, Lee has played in just 109 contests. That includes a 2014 season that was completely wiped out by a torn ACL and the trying 2017 and 2018 seasons which saw just 18 combined appearances.
Late last year, Lee left the Cowboys with a solid impression – he tallied double-digit tackles in two of his final five games, including a 17-stop showing in their Week 16 game against the Eagles. Still, after the Cowboys dropped four of their final six, they’re taking a hard look at every position on the roster.
In 2019, Lee finished out with 86 stops, one interception, one sack, and four passes defensed. It also marked the first ever complete 16-game slate of his career.
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