Jerry Jones: Sean Lee is a leader

IRVING, Texas -- Leadership has become quite the topic surrounding the Cowboys since the comments made by defensive end Jason Hatcher on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM a few weeks ago.

Jason Garrett said the Cowboys have plenty of leaders, but they can use more.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has the perfect in-house candidate: Sean Lee.

Lee will be entering his third season in 2012 and established himself as a future Pro Bowler with his play and a tough guy, playing through a dislocated wrist over the final half of the 2011 season. Lee was credited by the coaches with 131 tackles, 52 more than the second-leading tackle and tied for the team lead in interceptions (four) and tackles for loss (eight).

“I think you’ve seen him do things naturally are all about what a leader on the football field is all about,” Jones said Sunday from the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “I feel Sean is a leader and that’s based upon the reputation he had if you look back to him coming out of Penn State. But in looking at what he’s done here, he does take a very active role in what we’re doing intangibly right now. Obviously leadership has a certain amount of earn-your-stripes aspect to it. It would be inordinate and above expectations to have somebody come in that first year and be one of your apparent leaders to everybody.”