Cowboys extension excites Lee

  • Last Updated: August 23 2013, 9:51 BST

Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Sean Lee has spoken of his excitement after signing a six-year contract extension which will keep him at the franchise up to 2019.

New deal: Sean Lee (50) has signed a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys
New deal: Sean Lee (50) has signed a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys

The 27-year-old had one year left on his original four-year deal, signed as the No 55 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

His contract extension is worth about $42 million, which could rise to $51 million depending on play-time incentives.

A delighted Lee told the franchise's official website: "I'm extremely excited. I'm blessed to be drafted by a great franchise like this.

"To have an opportunity to be here for a long time, hopefully we can compete for Super Bowls, it's fantastic. I'm blessed to be here. I'm very grateful to (the owners) the Joneses and the opportunity they've given me."

Injury protection

In his three seasons so far, Lee has started 21 games, although he started just six last year when toe surgery cut his season short and his new extension reflects this.

Lee added: "Obviously I've had injuries and I've said I need to find a way to stay on this field.

"And the contract is extremely fair. If I'm on the field the whole year, I'll be able to get paid. But if I do have injuries, it protects the Cowboys and I think that's fantastic, especially with the injuries I've dealt with in the past.

"Hopefully I'll find a way to be on the field every single year. That's my goal. So I think it's extremely fair."

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