Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lee says it was his call to sit with $2 million on the line

(NBC Sports)  On Sunday, MDS pointed out that Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee would miss out on a $2 million salary escalator by being inactive for the team’s regular season finale against the Redskins.

Lee’s contract calls for him to make $5 million if he played 80 percent of the team’s defensive snaps and was above that threshold before missing Week 17. After the game, Lee said it wasn’t the Cowboys’ call to have him sit out the game and that he made the decision to hold himself out with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on Thursday.

“It was absolute — 100 percent a hamstring injury,” Lee said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I didn’t feel like I was going to be effective to help the football team. The problem was that it was so close to the game. If I had a couple of more days, then maybe I could have played. If today was the Super Bowl, then maybe you try the best you can to get out there, but I would have been running at about 75 percent. I hadn’t tested it at all since Thursday and you know that if it bites at all, it’s probably not going to warm up.”

The Cowboys could revisit Lee’s contract and give the linebacker a $2 million raise, but they’re barred from just giving him the bonus under NFL rules.


A lot of people today will be saying what a great, noble, team first move by Sean not going out there when he knew he couldn’t help his team. But not me, this is one of the least savvy moves I have seen lately. He said he didn’t feel like he was going to be effective enough to help the team. What are you talking about Sean? You are the best defensive on the team and lead the team in tackles. I’m sure you at 75% is better than the backups they have on roster. The Cowboys are 4-12 , playing without Romo and Dez. They are going nowhere this season, so go get your money no one will fault you. You have a history of injury problems and we all know that careers are short so you have to make your money while you can. Once your money is lost you can never make up lost money, time is money Sean..time is money. Maybe he really has a concussion , thats the only explanation here.


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