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August 21, 2013

Sean Lee gets a six-year extension that has him under contract through 2019

It was only last week that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said linebacker Sean Lee was at the top of the team’s to-do list for a contract extension. Now, it's done.

Lee agreed to a six-year $42 million extension with a $10 million signing bonus and $16.15 million guaranteed, according to a source. The contract runs through 2019 and could be worth as much as $51 million. He will have base salaries of $630,000 in 2013, $5.5 million in ’14, $2.5 million in ’15, $3 million in ’16 and $7 million each year from 2017-19.

Lee could earn an extra $1.5 million that is guaranteed in ’15 if he plays 80 percent of the time the next two years.

Lee had one year remaining on his rookie deal, scheduled to have a cash value of $676,000.

The sides began talking the second day of practice in training camp, with both wanting to make a deal happen before the season opener.

“Sean was adamant: He wanted to a Cowboy for life,” said Mike McCartney, Lee’s agent. “It was important to him. He wants to focus on football.  He is obsessed with being a great player more than any player I have worked with. …He is special.”

Lee, 27, was a second-round draft choice in 2010. He has 253 tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles in three seasons.

He has become a team leader and is expected to excel in the Tampa 2 scheme of Monte Kiffin.

But Lee has yet to play 16 games in a season. He missed 10 games last season with an injury to his right big toe, was out one game in 2011 with a partially dislocated wrist that required a protective cast for much of the season, and in 2010, he missed two games with a hamstring strain.

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