Penn State Football: Former Nittany Lion Sean Lee Inks Massive Deal
Various colleges take to social media almost regularly to stake their claim in the "Linebacker U" name, but Dallas Cowboy Sean Lee reminded everyone on Wednesday while Penn State is still considered the real "Linebacker U."
According to his agent, who took to twitter to announce the deal, Lee signed a six-year extension Wednesday with the Cowboys. Other outlets including ESPN valued the extension to be worth as much as $51 million, including a $10 million signing bonus.
The base value of the deal is $42 million. He will make a $630,000 base salary in 2013, and will have base salaries of $5.5 million (2014), $2.5 million ('15) and $3 million ('16), with $7 million base salaries from 2017 to '19 according to ESPN.
"I'm extremely excited. I was blessed to be able to be drafted by a great franchise," Lee said in a video interview posted on the team's website. "To have an opportunity to be here a long time and hopefully compete for a Super Bowl is fantastic."
ESPN also dug up an interesting nugget on Lee's career: Lee is one of only two active linebackers to have recorded interceptions of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. So if the Cowboys are looking to make big plays against big teams, Lee seems like a candidate to do just that.
Lee is widely considered to be one of the greatest linebackers to have played at Penn State and was a crucial part of the Nittany Lions' success in 2009.