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Anthony Spencer signs franchise tender

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As the Cowboys finalize their draft board, they won’t have to worry about possibly finding a short-term replacement for linebacker Anthony Spencer.

The team announced that Spencer has signed his one-year franchise tender.

A first-round pick in 2007, Spencer has started 47 of the last 48 games.  He has 21.5 career sacks.

Spencer is now under contract and obligated to attend all mandatory offseason workouts and training camp.  He also can be traded, in theory.

Tendered at the lower level of linebacker, there was a possibility that Spencer could claim that he is in actuality a defensive end.  It’s unknown whether that argument was made, or whether the tender was adjusted.

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13 Responses to “Anthony Spencer signs franchise tender”
  1. hockeyfootball98 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:16 PM

    Smart move Spencer now earn that 8.8 mil this season and do work!

  2. daysend564 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:34 PM

    Top five SOLB in the game. Too bad they couldn’t have knocked that number down with a couple more years

  3. dcbuff says: Apr 23, 2012 3:34 PM

    money is ment to be spent, and it not like he is terrible. his excels at what is required of him at his position. so for the ones claiming that he is not getting to the qb, then u dont want wat u are watching

  4. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 3:46 PM

    Pats’ team needs: A muzzle for Jazelle

  5. drshakedown74 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    …and the Cowboys will still stink it up.

  6. jbcommonsense says: Apr 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    Now that they paid Spencer, he’ll just stand around, not run to plays.

  7. starfan79 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:56 PM

    This guy is such a middle of the road kinda player… He is just ok and he is gonna get PAID!!! So freaking stupid..

  8. teamleal says: Apr 23, 2012 4:09 PM

    Cowboys fan here! This guy sucks, overrated, and can’t rush/cover! That’s the problem with Dallas! There OLBs can’t cover at all!

  9. dirtybird28 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:35 PM

    Overpaid but being a franchise tag it’s expected. It could be much worse at this position, but hopefully Dallas can find a long-term solution with his consistently inconsistent play.

  10. bobhk says: Apr 23, 2012 4:36 PM

    And so it goes…they pay for a guy who’s bust, especially relative to where he was drafted.

  11. DCBlueStar says: Apr 23, 2012 7:26 PM

    Fans are so dumb sometimes, especially in claiming they know what a player is or isn’t. Do you know Spencer’s assignments? Cause I sure know that he drops into pass coverage and run defense 2 out of every 3 snaps… and that even in rushing the passer 33% of the time… he STILL had 6 sacks and almost as many QB pressures as Ware (Spencer, 35 – Ware, 44).

  12. mungman69 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:47 PM

    He got lucky.

  13. trolling4haters says: Apr 24, 2012 8:47 AM

    “he STILL had 6 sacks and almost as many QB pressures as Ware (Spencer, 35 – Ware, 44).”

    I agree with that statement to an extent, and I def think the Boys could do much worse than A.S., but one of the big knocks of him is he doesnt finish plays. Ware had 44 pressures, with 44% of those being sacks. Spencer only turned those into sacks 17% of the time. If he was even half as good as Ware rushing the passer he should have been closer to 8 or 9 sacks. Obviously playing football isnt a math equation but hey…you brought up the numbers :)

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