Cowboys suspend contract extension talks with Anthony Spencer
"Both sides have worked really hard to reach a deal,'' said Woy. ”But at this point I would say it's most likely that he'll play 2013 on the one-year deal.''
The stalemate in negotiations seems to surface from a difference of opinion over what Spencer’s market value should be at this point. The Cowboys were initially open to talks for a new contract for Spencer when the six-year veteran signed his guaranteed $10.63 million franchise tender in April. But market value for pass rushers has taken a hit in recent months.
The Cowboys seems to believe Spencer’s market value should be in the range of $5 million per season, similar to what Cliff Avril got in Seattle and the contract Elvis Dumervil signed with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason. But Spencer’s camp is pushing for the $8 million per season deal pass-rushing linebacker Paul Kruger got from the Browns when they lured him away from the Ravens in March.
Negotiations between both sides remains at a stalemate leading to the pending July 15 deadline for franchise players to sign an extension, then Spencer play out his one-year franchise tender and become an unrestricted free agent by next offseason. That should put him on the hunt for his next team in 2014, after spending the first six-years of his career with the Cowboys, since he is unlikely to be tagged again next year. Due to rules dictated in the CBA, using the franchise tag on Spencer next year will be impractical for the Cowboys since it will cost them well above $15 million.
However, the Cowboys are going to make the most of the one remaining season they will have 2012 Pro Bowler Spencer in their lineup. He'll focus on his move from outside linebacker to defensive end opposite DeMarcus Ware to form a formidable pass-rushing tandem, as the Cowboys make a switch from the 3-4 to the 4-3 scheme under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.