Cowboys have had “preliminary” contract talks with Spencer

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The player rep for Cowboys impending free agent linebacker Anthony Spencer recently said his client is prepared to convert to defensive end in order to fit Dallas’ new 4-3 scheme, under coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Spencer has entertained the idea, and so have the Cowboys. Per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, the sides have had “preliminary talks” about a contract that would keep Spencer in Big D. An alternative to a long-term deal would be franchise tagging Spencer for the second straight season, although that would cost the Cowboys a guaranteed $10.6 million.

Agent Jordan Woy expects the sides to resume negotiations in February, leading up to the NFL Combine.

Spencer, 29, is coming off a breakout season. He recorded career highs in tackles (95) and sacks (11) and was very arguably Dallas’ best 2012 defender.

Spencer played defensive end at Purdue, so it isn’t as if the position would be entirely new to him. If Spencer did hit the market, he’d likely be pursued by 3-4 and 4-3 teams alike.

9 responses to “Cowboys have had “preliminary” contract talks with Spencer

  1. If he is willing to take slightly less than his market value, I’d love to have him back next year. Although allegedly we’re already $18 million over the cap, so I don’t see how we can afford it anyways without some major cuts & restructuring. I think it’s likely he hits the open market and we’re forced to address end & outside linebacker in the draft.

  2. Obviously, grasshopper, you did not read my post about franchising Spencer for a second time yesterday. Please add 20% to the franchise tender of a DE and the let the nice people know how much it would cost to franchise Spencer.

  3. We need spencer back at linebacker with lee n carter ware,ratliff,coleman n hatcher has decent speed for end n draft best end comn out n draft n we can have a good team if healthy

  4. I hope they do not sign this one year wonder. These type of players continue to burn the Cowboys (Ken Hamlin, Roy Williams, Miles Austin, Marcus Spears, & Ratliff).

  5. usmcretailer,

    You may want to actually know what you are talking about before you say something to that effect. I agree with you on Roy Williams and ken Hamlin, but Austin, Spears, and Ratliff are one year wonder-type players?

    Austin has averaged just under 8 TD’s a season the past 4 yrs. Ratliff played 16 games 4 out of his last 5 seasons, and as a undersized DT, he played pretty well. Spears never had a break out season, but contributed consistently and has been solid his entire career.

    Spencer also has been very solid, and this year he really played well. No guarantee he will repeat it, but if they can re-sign him for a reasonable contract, I say he will play well yet again at DE, ESPECIALLY with two DT’s working the middle, leaving Spencer one on one to do his thing.

    Time will tell, but I say keep him if the price is right.

  6. I despise the Cowboys. I thought my Eagles fleeced them when they traded their pick that got him for Kolb, Celek and Gaddis…. Man was i wrong on that one. The guy is a player. One of the few on the
    Cowboys.
    Hope they screw it up and we get a shot at him.

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