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.