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September 14, 2012

Sean Lissemore is content with Dallas and his role in the Cowboys defense

Sean Lissemore is renting a house. Now that he has financial security and knows where he will be for the next few years, it might be time to buy.

On Thursday, the Cowboys signed Lissemore to a three-year contract extension with $3.1 million guaranteed, including $2 million to sign. He is signed through 2016. Even though he might have made more in free agency in two years, if he had waited, Lissemore told his agent to get a deal done.

"I’m just glad to get it done," Lissemore said Friday. "I want to be in Dallas. I don’t want it to be a distraction. I’m glad to be here and I’m glad to be here for a little longer."

Lissemore, 25, has never started a game for the Cowboys, but the seventh-round draft pick from 2010 is a valuable reserve. Defensive line coach Brian Baker called Lissemore the most productive lineman per snap in 2011 with 39 tackles and two sacks.

"That’s fantastic, because Sean Lissemore is one hell of a football player," Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said of Lissemore's contract extension. "Again, could he start for us? Sure he could, but I love him as the John Havlicek to come in there. He backs up everybody. He does everything well. Every position you put him in, he does well. He’s a pro. He studies the game, but he’s getting better and better. I know you guys see it, so do we. He’s really a tremendous player."

Lissemore can play nose or end. He played 27 snaps last week, many at nose while helping Josh Brent fill in for Jay Ratliff, and made two tackles.

"He’s just a good football player, and he’s a very versatile guy for us on the defensive line," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He can play a couple of different spots in our base defense, comes in on third down and does some stuff for us. He’s a good run defender. He can surprisingly rush the passer at different times and affect the game that way as well. He’s the right kind of guy. We certainly love his work ethic and what he brings to our team."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean




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