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Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) reacts after a tackle for a loss against New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

3 Questions: A Post Anthony Spencer Franchising Edition

All the buzz lately is centered on Dallas Cowboys linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer and the franchise tag the front office levied on him for the second straight season. There are so many question surrounding what will happen next in terms of free agency activity and the draft, as well as what the Cowboys are going to do with Spencer now that he’s back with the team one more year.

Here’s three pressing questions that come to mind, and how I see each scenario working out. I, of course, am no expert on the subject, so feel free to comment and let everyone know how you see everything working out.

Will Spencer be traded, work out a long tern deal, or play out this season and find a new home in 2014?

I think the latter of the three is what will eventually play out in Big D. Spencer is looking for a contract in the $8 million range according to sources, and considering the large number of bad checks owner and general manager Jerry Jones has written in the past few years, adding another big contract that may or may not pan out would be devastating to the already strung out payroll Dallas currently operates under. It took a good number of contracts being restructured, as well as player cuts to get Dallas under the cap enough in order to afford Spencer’s tag. The Cowboys should enjoy his services for one more year and then move on.

What position do the Cowboys look to fill in Free Agency this year now that they’ve spent most of their cap space on franchising Spencer?

This is a tough one to call because of the many different things that can, and may or may not, happen prior to the official kickoff of the Free Agency frenzy. With that being said, I think Dallas will look to find inexpensive roll players to fill the lack of depth they have at both the safety and offensive tackle positions. It’ll be interesting to see who they can squeeze under their bloated cap and by the looks of things, don’t be surprised to see the front office sit back and wait to see what they can get after the spenders get a chance.

What positions get the most focus from Cowboys brass in this year’s draft?

Nov 10, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper (64) on the field in the first half at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

With Spencer in the fold, there is not as big of a need to get a pass rusher to fit defensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s 4-3 scheme. So what position is drafted in the first round by Dallas? Considering how deep this draft is in defensive linemen, I don’t see the Cowboys wasting their first-round selection on the d-line. If the Cowboys are smart (and lucky) they’ll draft someone like Alabama guard Chance Warmack or even North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper. If either one of these two are anywhere near the 18th pick, Dallas should make a run at them.


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