COMMENTARY | Everybody breathe. Sean Lee isn't going anywhere. And he's rich, too.
The Dallas Cowboys and their prized linebacker agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension that will keep Lee in Dallas until 2019.
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that the deal has a base value of $42 million, including a $10 million signing bonus, resulting in a close-to $52 million deal for Lee.
Even though Lee missed more than half of last year, the Dallas defense wouldn't be as formidable without Lee being the captain. When he plays, the defense collectively plays better. He deserves the deal, enough said
But now that Lee will be a Cowboy until he hits 33 years old, in order to ensure the long-term stability of this franchise, other young guys need to get signed as soon as possible.
This is a no-brainer.
Bryant will be the next guy the Cowboys lock up after this year to be the playmaker of the future. Or at least that should be the case.
The numbers of Bryant's next contract? Who knows? Will he command Calvin Johnson-like numbers that go over $120 million? No one knows. There will be plenty of time to discuss this. He doesn't become a free agent until 2015.
Dallas locked up Tony Romo in his contract year. It would be wise to get Bryant locked up in that capacity before thinking of anything else.
No superhero is good without his sidekick. If that analogy works with your description of the Cowboys' linebacker corps, then mission accomplished on my part.
A healthy Carter makes this Dallas front seven more dangerous. He isn't ready to command Lee-type money, but he's an asset to the Cowboys' future like Lee.
Much like Lee, though, Carter needs to stay healthy. Although Lee was lost for a huge chunk of last year, he's proved his worth so far. The Cowboys need to see a bit more from Carter before they make that type of commitment.
From what's been shown on the field with Lee and Carter together, that shouldn't take long.
Murray is the classic case of, "When healthy, he'll get paid."
The good cop/bad cop segment of the article: Murray has all the tools to be a franchise-caliber running back for the Cowboys. He's already broken the franchise's single-game rushing record, and when he's running the ball, Dallas usually wins.
But when he's hurt, the Cowboys don't get that same production from others. Murray has two more years on his rookie contract, just like Bryant, so this period of time will be crucial to his long-term endeavors in Dallas.
For a third-round pick, though, Murray was, and is still a steal. If he continues to get hurt, then it may be an allusion.
Who else do you think should get locked up to a long-term contract with the Cowboys? Do you like the deal that Sean Lee got? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Danny Webster is a featured columnist for the Dallas Cowboys. You can contact him by going on Twitter and following @DannyWebster21.
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