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Stephen Jones says Dallas Cowboys would love to have Sean Lee back

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Long-time Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee will be a free agent this offseason, but the Cowboys would love to have him back.

“I think that’s something we’ll sit down with Sean on. He’s such a vital part of this,” said Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. “What a special player he is being the wily veteran he is, he probably played the best in that [Rams] game. He had about 24 plays and I would say he played better, probably played the position better than anybody in that particular game. We want him back. I think he’s a leader on this football team.”

Had it not been for plethora of injuries throughout Lee’s career, he would likely be one of the best linebackers in the league right now, and Jones understands that full 16-game campaigns are possibly out of the question for the 32-year-old at this point. However, Jones still feels that Lee can have a role on the team:

“I think over the course of the season you’re going to need three guys to man those two [linebacker] spots,” said Jones. “Certainly, where he is in his career, I think he probably believes it’s tough for him to play all those plays game in and game out and probably could really help us in a role and we’ve just got to define what that is. And [there’s] no one we would love to have back more than Sean Lee.”

Lee played in just seven games this season and has actually never played a full 16-game campaign throughout his nine-year NFL career. He last played 15 games in 2016, when he made the Pro Bowl and earned First-Team All-Pro honors.