Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) looks into the backfield of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Place Franchise Tag On Anthony Spencer Again


The cap stricken Dallas Cowboys just gave away $10.6 million to linebacker Anthony Spencer today. The move keeps the first time pro bowler from last season and appears to convert him to a high priced defensive end in their new 4-3 defensive scheme.

But there are still many questions surrounding this move. Is this simply a stop gap measure to sign Spencer to a long time deal or a move to use him for trade bait? With free agency starting next week, adding over $10 million plus to their salary cap is confusing. The Cowboys’ front office spent a majority of last week restructuring contracts to get under the salary cap. Could this be a move for Dallas to get more draft picks via trade?

Regardless, Spencer certainly earned his money last season, maybe for the first time in his career. He recorded 95 tackles and 11 sacks last year. Spencer was a lone bright spot for an injury-stricken Dallas defense.

What would be disappointing about this tag, if the Cowboys keep Spencer, is the fact they could not sign him to a deal before the deadline. The Cowboys placed a franchise tag of Spencer last season too. Essentially, the Cowboys’ front office had two years to get a deal done and could not get the job done.

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  • Ambria graham

    Kenny Vacarro?

    • ‘mericas_team2013

      Eric Reid if any indication about how much JJ likes him are true… I would rather have Cyprien in the 2nd round….

  • http://twitter.com/OldFrog75 Old Frog

    I’m glad Spencer is here for one more year and not another cap-killing long term contract. Sorry about Sensabaugh though. Would rather have cut Austin, Ratliff, Costa, Free, Livings, and Felix Jones.

  • californy

    I was surprise about the franchise tag, the boys must be beneath the cap on the top 51 players next week on 3-13-13. Right now with the Spencer tag we should be like 10 million over.

    • jrcowboy49

      He made almost that in 2012.

  • jrcowboy49

    Spencer will be signed to a long term deal or traded before the draft. Probably for a 2nd round pick in 2013 and a conditional in 2014.