Monday, January 28, 2013
More Spencer buzz
By Tim Kavanagh
The Dallas Cowboys have a difficult decision to make concerning their 2012 franchise taggee, OLB Anthony Spencer.
As with any of the other franchise taggees that didn't get a multi-year deal last offseason, another tag for Spencer would involve a one-year tender for 120 percent of the 2012 rate, something which will likely prevent the Cowboys from tagging him again. Another complicating factor: with Monte Kiffin in the mix as the new DC, the Cowboys will be switching to a four-man front on defense, and it's unclear whether Spencer and fellow OLB DeMarcus Ware will be a good fit in the new system.
Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com writes that while the two sides are hopeful that a long-term deal can get done -- and they'll continue talks through the month of February -- Sunday's Pro Bowl may be the last time we see Spencer wearing a Cowboys helmet.
If he does hit free agency, there will be an avalanche of interest, as he's coming off a 95-tackle, 11.0-sack season. Whether a team runs a 3-4, a 4-3 or some combination thereof, a player of his ilk is a valuable commodity.