Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Latest on Cowboys, Spencer
By Tim Kavanagh
It's expected that the Dallas Cowboys are going to do some roster pruning over the next several days, as they're currently about $20 million over the projected salary cap for 2013. (One way they can trim some fat is by extending QB Tony Romo's contract, but that's a topic for another post). As they sort out their salary cap situation, they'll also be making a determination on which of their internal FAs they'd like to bring back. Perhaps the most pivotal -- both to Dallas and to other teams -- is OLB/DE Anthony Spencer.
Spencer was the franchise taggee in 2012, earning $8.8 million as a result; the Cowboys could tag him a second straight season, but that would cost $10.6 million (and have a similar hit against the cap). Instead, it seems more logical that they'd offer him a multi-year deal, where they can shift the cap hit around to multiple seasons. If that's their goal, there is significant work to be done.
ESPNDallas.com scribe Calvin Watkins reached out to Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, who confirmed that he's been in touch with the club, but that there's "nothing new to report" on the situation. Per Watkins, Spencer is seeking a deal that averages between $8 and 10 million per season.
The fact that there's "nothing new to report" could be a good sign: public reports on negotiations often get very quiet just before a deal is struck. Or, the Cowboys have already decided that they're moving on. We'll find out in a few weeks' time.