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Cowboys deal with Sean Lee keeps rookie signing pace well ahead of 2009

The day after Dez Bryant signed the initial first-round contract of the year, the Cowboys wrapped up the last remaining unsigned rookie from their seven man draft class.

Linebacker Sean Lee agreed to terms on a four-year deal, according to Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.  A heady player from Penn State, Lee was reportedly No. 16 overall on Dallas’ draft board.  He could take Keith Brooking’s job before long.

Despite plenty of hand-wringing, Lee’s deal keeps the NFL well ahead of pace in terms of rookie signings compared to this point last year. 

163 of the 255 players have officially signed as of Friday morning, up 29% versus July 22, 2010, according to the NFL.  26 players in the first three rounds have signed, compared to 20 on this date last year.  (This is even before the four latest Dallas and Cleveland moves.)

The first and second-round signings continue to be slow moving, but that’s not out of the norm.  If that slow pace falls well behind the norm a week from now — then we have a story.

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25 Responses to “Cowboys deal with Sean Lee keeps rookie signing pace well ahead of 2009”
  1. Chiefs2010 says: Jul 23, 2010 1:03 PM

    “heady player from Penn State”
    /means he’s white.

  2. BHindEnemyLines says: Jul 23, 2010 1:09 PM

    Even though this should be a “non-story”, I just have one thing to say.
    GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. jj jones says: Jul 23, 2010 1:11 PM

    Good call Chiefs2010.

  4. Caldon says: Jul 23, 2010 1:13 PM

    This is just people trying to make a story out of nothing. Everyone knows that once the 1st pick signs the others start to fall into place. You also know some agents/teams will refuse to do a deal until they person ahead and behind sign. This is normal NFL stuff that happens every year.

  5. ickeywoods says: Jul 23, 2010 1:14 PM

    up 29% versus July 22, 2010- don’t you mean 2009?

  6. NinerNation says: Jul 23, 2010 1:15 PM

    “163 of the 255 players have officially signed as of Friday morning, up 29% versus July 22, 2010, according to the NFL”
    I think you meant 2009, champ.

  7. nittanylion0 says: Jul 23, 2010 1:18 PM

    gonna be tough to see him suit up for the hated Cowboys, but good for Lee. i wish him well in every game he plays that isn’t against the Giants.

  8. Shark839 says: Jul 23, 2010 1:25 PM

    Say what you will about the Cowboys in a bad way. (and many of you do!) Some desevered some just nonsense.
    But they do take care of business! Returning 20-22 starters and having ALL picks signed before camp opens should make for a pretty strong year again.
    Now I am not saying they will win or even go to the Super bowl. However, they should be in the mix late in the year again.

  9. ninjapleazee says: Jul 23, 2010 1:27 PM

    wtf is a “heady” player

  10. TheOne says: Jul 23, 2010 1:30 PM

    Sean Lee is not going to take Keith Brooking’s job any time soon, maybe someone elses job, but not Keith’s, unless he leaves. Keith is a vet and has a lot of times with Wade even before Dallas. Keith is safe.

  11. brownsfn19 says: Jul 23, 2010 1:34 PM

    This guy is going to be a beast…plain and simple…

  12. edgy says: Jul 23, 2010 1:35 PM

    Dallas becomes the first team with a first round choice to achieve 100% signage (Even with a Eugene Parker client).

  13. Moonunit says: Jul 23, 2010 1:39 PM

    @ Chiefs2010
    “”heady player from Penn State”
    /means he’s white.”

    Thats spot on. I love it.

  14. thegoldengod says: Jul 23, 2010 1:39 PM

    He is a very “crafty and fundamental” player–not as “raw and athletic”

  15. afogg0855 says: Jul 23, 2010 1:42 PM

    Go whitey.

  16. Hap says: Jul 23, 2010 1:51 PM

    Florio’s gonna really have to dig to find some dirt on The ‘Boys now.

  17. brownsfn19 says: Jul 23, 2010 1:55 PM

    @moon unit
    @ Chiefs2010
    “”heady player from Penn State”
    /means he’s white.”

    Thats spot on. I love it.
    If you mean because he’s smart he’s white then you might be on to something…

  18. schooney says: Jul 23, 2010 2:10 PM

    Jerry is in a big hurry to get them signed as he is scheduled to recive a new leather face while camp is going on in San Antonio–some illegal is donating his leather face for Jerry.

  19. Zach says: Jul 23, 2010 2:13 PM

    If Brooking is benched, is he going to throw a hissy fit again?
    Those mean Vikings beat us by too much. Yet let me jump around give my classy pre-game speech

  20. Krow says: Jul 23, 2010 2:18 PM

    A slow LB with injury issues. Booyah !

  21. Home of the Chiefs says: Jul 23, 2010 2:22 PM

    “”heady player from Penn State”
    /means he’s white.”
    He’ a hell of a team player. Its like having another coach on the field. He’s a real hard worker. Not the fastest guy, but no one can out work him

  22. Chiefs2010 says: Jul 23, 2010 2:29 PM

    Ron Jaworski:
    “This guy’s a real lunch pail guy.. he’s a true student of the game, similar to Zach Thomas of Barrett Rudd..”
    Mike Tirico:
    “He’s like a Wes Welker or Ed McAffrey, only with a LBs grit and perserverence..”
    Jon Gruden:
    “He’s not the most athletic guy out there, but he shows up and really lays the boom.. reminds me of Jon Lynch… areal intense guy.”

  23. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jul 23, 2010 2:56 PM

    he’ll be a bust

  24. Big Tex says: Jul 23, 2010 3:50 PM

    Played as a true Freshman in the Big 10. The coaches at Penn State thought so much of him that he traveled to all the away games as an eligible player the year he was out with the ACL. Worked as a student assistant coach during that season. His fellow players thought so much of him that they elected him as one of the team captains for the year he was out with the knee. Ran a 4.6 at his pro day. Had a 37.5 vertical and did 24 reps on the bench. Those numbers are comparable to the first ILB taken. Regarded as a sure tackler with top-flight instincts and technique. Dean’s list level student. What’s not to like.
    With last year’s “3rd down Seagull” now residing in St. Louis, Dallas has an opening for an ILB on passing downs. Keith Brooking is strictly a two down player at this stage of his career.

  25. cowboys1 says: Jul 23, 2010 4:58 PM

    “heady player from Penn State”
    /means he’s white.
    does that mean he’s hella slow too……and cant jump

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