Sean Lee and the Cowboys have determined that the linebacker will return for a 10th season and the two sides are currently working on how that looks contractually, sources said.
Lee enters the final year of his contract and is scheduled to make $7 million, a figure that will be reduced once discussions are done. At the conclusion of the season, the linebacker acknowledged that if the Cowboys wanted him back, he understood it would be as a reserve. He left the door open for a pay cut to reflect a diminished role, saying a decision to continue his career wouldn't be driven by money.
A look at Jason Witten's contract should provide a template for how the club attempts to restructure Lee's final year. The tight end signed a deal earlier this week with a base salary of $2 million. A series of bonuses — 53- and 46-man gameday rosters — along with incentives tied to performance can increase that deal to $5 million.