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Spencer wants to stay with Cowboys, special LB group

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and linebacker Anthony Spencer celebrate after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Anthony Spencer has no control over his contract future with the Cowboys.

But he made no secret of how he hopes it turns out.

Given the franchise tag this year, the outside linebacker has excelled in the midst of injuries that took away inside linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. And the prospect of playing with them and fellow outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware makes him want to come back.

“If we can have that throughout the year next year, I believe we can be one of the best defenses,” Spencer said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com.

Asked if that meant he was coming back, Spencer smiled and said: “I hope so. We’ll see. I don’t control that stuff, guys.”

What he has controlled is his play, in a year when he’s taken on extra responsibilities. Without Lee and Carter, he’s called defensive signals, adding another layer to his value. He’s also put up 10.0 sacks and leads the team in tackles, with a sheet full of stats (five tackles for loss, 24 pressures, two forced fumbles, etc.).

Whether they pay him another $10 million plus by tagging him again, or work toward a long-term extension, he’s certainly done his part.

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10 Responses to “Spencer wants to stay with Cowboys, special LB group”
  1. lesliedevereaux says: Dec 21, 2012 11:38 AM

    As a Cows fan, I’ll be the first to admit that I did not want them to tag Spencer last off season. I am more than glad that they did, though. I guess Garrett knows what he’s talking about when he continuously says, “its a process.”

  2. hendawg21 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:54 AM

    He’ll sign with the Colts this off season the thought of playing closer to home/family and friends will be the deciding factor…of course Indy will offer more than the turds…

  3. fuglyflorio says: Dec 21, 2012 12:20 PM

    This is easy. Take a big pay cut and stay. Problem solved. Oh, you mean you still want $10,000,000. That’s different.

  4. ceschatz says: Dec 21, 2012 12:23 PM

    hendawg21 says:Dec 21, 2012 11:54 AM

    He’ll sign with the Colts this off season the thought of playing closer to home/family and friends will be the deciding factor…of course Indy will offer more than the turds…
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    So he says that he wants to stay in Dallas but somehow you took that as he wants to go to Indy? You might want to get your head checked out.

  5. manofsteel22 says: Dec 21, 2012 12:27 PM

    @lesliedevereaux , couldnt agree more, i honestly wanted us to go after another OLB this past offseason, spencer really stepped it up and i hope he continues to do so

  6. BringBackTheFlex says: Dec 21, 2012 1:05 PM

    The concern is, will he play like this after he gets his payday? If Jones is smart (ha ha) he would start all new contracts with heavy incentives. Keep these guys hungry.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 21, 2012 2:36 PM

    Spencer having a heck of a season but where has this been in the past? Question is will he continue to perform at this level after getting paid?

  8. tbpdog says: Dec 21, 2012 3:12 PM

    he’s played very well this year, but I think anyone would be a fool to offer him a long time big money contract, because he is the poster boy for guys who put it all out there in their contract year……cue JJ signing him to a huge deal.

    I hope Dallas franchises him again while keeping their eye out for a better option….jesus I wish we would have taken JJ Watt in the first instead of Tyron Smith, Tyron Smith is good, but jesus, if you added Watt to that front 7 they’d be deadly.

  9. speedlimit41 says: Dec 21, 2012 4:54 PM

    The guy is a beast! Keep him in Big D!

  10. dznutz28 says: Dec 21, 2012 7:09 PM

    Whatever Dallas does, they need to avoid giving him a large signing bonus that would prevent them from cutting him if he reverts back to being the player he has been in the past. The Cowboys have been bit far too often by players that get paid after having stellar contract years.

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