- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Defensive end/nose tackle Sean Lissemore made an interesting decision this week, one that made both him and the Cowboys happy.
With his contract expiring in 2013, Lissemore elected to sign a three-year extension worth $6 million plus incentives. He will get $3.1 million guaranteed.
Lissemore, is a valued player among the Cowboys' coaches and front office personnel. With veteran ends Kenyon Coleman in the final year of his contract and Jason Hatcher signed through 2013, there's a possibility Lissemore could have tested the free-agent market or gained some leverage against the Cowboys by asking for a bigger contract because of some expiring contracts.
"I think that's the biggest thing, you never know," he said. "That's why you take the sure thing and a good thing when it comes your way."
If Lissemore becomes a starter in 2013 and outplays his contract, the Cowboys could do something.
But Lissemore wanted to remain in Dallas because he has a comfort level with his teammates and the coaching staff.
"I'm really happy," Lissemore said of the new contract. "It was something we were talking for a little bit and I wanted to get it knocked out and I had an opportunity to stay in Dallas."