Cowboys use franchise tag on Anthony Spencer for second straight year
The franchise tag provides Anthony Spencer with a one-year guaranteed contract worth $10.6 million in 2013. But the Dallas Cowboys and Anthony Spencer’s representatives are expected still try to work out a long-term contract to keep him in Dallas. There is also the possibility of the Dallas Cowboys shopping Anthony Spencer for a couple of draft picks.
Anthony Spencer has been improving over the past two seasons, including a career-high 11 sacks last season, the first time he reached double digits in sacks. The 27-year-old Anthony Spencer started all 14 games he played last season as well as taking over the play calling late in 2012 due to injuries to linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. He led the Dallas Cowboys with 95 tackles, and his eight tackles for loss while ranking second on the team with 26 quarterback pressures in the 2012 season. Anthony also made the Pro Bowl in 2013 as an injury replacement.
With the Dallas Cowboys switching to the 4-3 defensive scheme next season, Anthony Spencer expected to move to defensive end, a position he played at while at Purdue. But there were again some doubts about his future with the Dallas Cowboys after general manager Jerry Jones indicated at the NFL scouting combine that Anthony Spencer does not boast the ideal size for new defensive coordinator’s scheme.
While Jerry Jones expected a long-term contract with Anthony Spencer to burn a hole in the Dallas Cowboys’ 2013 salary cap, he expected the team to look for a reasonable way to keeping the sixth-year pro.
The Dallas Cowboys will most likely have to restructure further contracts to slide back under the $123 million projected salary cap by March 12. The Dallas Cowboys have worked out deals with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff as well as guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau. Quarterback Kyle Orton and cornerback Orlando Scandrick are also expected to have their contracts restructured.
Quaretrback Tony Romo could also become part of this scheme, taking off $16.8 million from the Dallas Cowboys cap hit if he agrees to a restructured contract, but there have been no substantial talks between the two parties yet.