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.