That was the premise behind Lee undergoing minor knee surgery last month, causing him to miss the start of OTA workouts.
The clean-up surgery was to the same left knee that forced him to miss all of 2014 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Lee bounced back to have his best season in 2015, recording 156 tackles. He missed two games, one with a concussion and one with a hamstring.
But the knee began to bother him in the off-season, causing him to manage his work load and seek a solution.
"You were starting to manage your work load more than you want to," Lee said. "I want to be out there at every practice and work as much as possible. This will help me."
Although Lee has never played a full season in his career and has missed a total of 17 games over the past three seasons, this surgery was not a setback. He believes it will help him build on his fantastic 2015 season when he made the Pro Bowl for the first time.
"Better to get it out of the way now," Lee said. "It felt great last year and I think it can even feel better this season. I think its going to help me handle more of a load next season."
Lee could be cleared for mini camp in June or be held out for training camp in July.
The Cowboys are going to be cautious with him.
"I don’t know the date but I will be ready to go real soon," Lee said.