Lee agreed Saturday to a restructured contract which will pay $3.5 million, but has a chance to become higher thanks to incentives, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This is probably a bigger deal for Lee than it is the Cowboys, as the emergence of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch essentially made the long-time linebacker obsolete. The additional salary-cap savings will aid in the Cowboys desire to retain a handful of core players set to hit the open market, as the injury-prone linebacker will likely not play enough to hit the necessary incentives.
Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that Lee "[has] got a lot of football left in him and he'll be part of what we're doing moving forward," David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Lee indicated at the beginning of the offseason that he was "leaning towards playing again" after enduring multiple hamstring setbacks in 2018. Rookie Leighton Vander Esch stepped up as the team's top linebacker in his absence and permanently took over the starting role on the heels of his strong play. The longtime Cowboy is set to carry a cap hit just north of $10 million in 2019, so the team could look to restructure the deal to keep him on the roster at lower price.
Lee (hamstring) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. Lee seems to have completely shed his hamstring injury and should be full-go against the Rams on Saturday. It still remains to be seen how much he'll be utilized, though, as the linebacker played just four defensive snaps versus the Seahawks in the wild-card round.
Lee (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. Lee was a healthy scratch last week against Tampa Bay but return to limited practice participation this week. It remains unclear if the veteran linebacker suffered a setback or not, but the Cowboys are liable to remain cautious given his injury history and the fact that Sunday's game cannot affect their playoff seeding.
Lee (hamstring) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. The Cowboys have take a cautious route with Lee's recovery given his injury history. There's a chance we'll see him Sunday against the Giants, but with the division wrapped up, perhaps Dallas will provide Lee with an additional week of rest before the playoffs begin.
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