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Cowboys haven’t ruled out using franchise tag

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

In discussions about the chances of impending free agent Anthony Spencer remaining in Dallas, the focus is usually on a long-term deal for a player who would be moving to defensive end with the Cowboys next season.

After franchising Spencer last year, it would cost the Cowboys $10.6 million in salary and cap space to do it again this year and that’s a big number for a team that would need to pare about $30 million from their current cap number in order to fit Spencer in at that figure. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones says that the team isn’t ruling out the possibility of using the tag in the next couple of weeks, however.

“We have Plan A, B, C, D, E,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Some of those plans include the franchise tag.”

Jones didn’t specifically mention Spencer, but there’s not much reason to suspect he means anyone else because there’s no other free agent on Dallas’ roster worthy of the franchise tag.

Any plan that includes a tag for Spencer would likely have to include an extension for Tony Romo and/or restructured contracts for DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten, in addition to the departure of some players whose salaries are bigger than their on-field contributions. If those things happen, the tag could come back into play and Spencer could make the transition to the 4-3 in Dallas.

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6 Responses to “Cowboys haven’t ruled out using franchise tag”
  1. cowboys8819 says: Feb 20, 2013 9:04 AM

    I hope they can find a way to keep this guy around. Unlike a lot of other people I really like this guy, and I just think having him and Ware as bookends it would just be awesome!

  2. mojosmagic says: Feb 20, 2013 9:25 AM

    I often wonder how much Jones would spend if left unfettered by salary cap restrictions? This is a man who spent over 2M on a bus that runs out of gas every December.

  3. csf081183 says: Feb 20, 2013 11:41 AM

    Who even cares about the cowboys? No matter what. they do JJ will continue to ruin the team. The only respectable players on the cowboys are Witten, Claiborne, and Ware. The bad thing is their careers are a waste in the black hole.

  4. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Feb 20, 2013 4:17 PM

    Cowboys Suck! Anyways cowboys biggest need is help on the o-line

  5. gordonray7777 says: Feb 21, 2013 2:39 PM

    I have been a life long cowboy fan. It gets more painful every year to continue watchin J.J invent ways to loose.

    Oh well, no expectations, no disappointments

  6. gordonray7777 says: Feb 21, 2013 2:41 PM

    One last thing, to JJ its all about the dollars and not winning.

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