On Monday we seen teams around the league close deals with players that were franchised tagged during the offseason. The Baltimore Ravens closed a 5-year deal with Ray Rice; while the Chicago Bears gave Matt Forte a contract he has long been waiting for. Many contracts have been extended this offseason, mainly contracts of players who have shown consistency and an ability to perform at a high level.
The Dallas Cowboys on the other hand decided not to give Anthony Spencer an extended contract and opted to let him play out this year. An argument can be made that Anthony Spencer deserved a new contract, he had six sacks, four forced fumbles, and was credited with 66 tackles last season, that’s more than most players can produce.
The problem with Spencer is he has been with the Cowboys since 2007, when he was drafted in the first round, and he has yet to produce more than six sacks in a season. He has the inability to produce on a weekly base, yet at times his spurious flashes of exaltation, deceit people into believing he actually has potential. As the seasons rolled on it’s discernible that he always has trouble getting to the quarterback.
The fact that he can’t produce opposite DeMarcus Ware is disconcerting to fans as well as coaches. Anthony Spencer was granted a franchise tag not because he is a player the Cowboys need, but because he was the only moderately competent linebacker on the market; not including Mario Williams. He was granted the franchise tag in hopes that Victor Butler or fourth round draft pick, Kyle Wilber, could emerge as starters at some point in the season.
Plain and simple its improbable Anthony Spencer will get an extension with the Dallas Cowboys at some point this season. He has failed to produce big numbers and he has been given too many opportunities to prove himself. Even if he manages to have a breakout season this year, it would be a mistake for the Cowboys to extend his contract because of his inconsistencies.