After months of rumors, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is calling it a career. ESPN’s Todd Archer reported Lee is retiring after 11 NFL seasons with the Cowboys.
“After 11 seasons with the Cowboys, linebacker Sean Lee tells ESPN he is retiring,” Archer tweeted. “Injuries marked his career, but he was a two-time Pro Bowler and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2016 and the unquestioned leader of the defense.”
Lee made the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons in 2015 and 2016. The Cowboys linebacker played in nine games last season and missed significant time with injuries in two of the last three years. During a March press conference, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy noted the Cowboys were “still in discussions” with Lee about his future, per The Athletic’s Jon Machota.
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The Cowboys Are ‘Open’ to Adding Lee to the Coaching Staff
There is a chance Lee could remain with the Cowboys but in a different role. According to CBS Sports’ Patrik Walker, the Cowboys are “open to carving out” a coaching spot for Lee.
“Should Sean Lee decide to forego time away from #NFL football and choose to join the #Cowboys coaching staff in some capacity, I’m told the team is open to carving out a role for him,” Walker said on Twitter. “He’d be an asset there.”
Even before the recent news, McCarthy has been vocal about how Lee would be a good coach. McCarthy admitted he left the door open for Lee to join the coaching staff whenever he retired.
“If you’re dumb enough to get into coaching, we should definitely talk,” McCarthy recalled a conversation he had with Lee back in December, per Inside the Star.