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Spencer’s agent won’t fight Cowboys over linebacker tag

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The agent for Cowboys pass-rusher Anthony Spencer said he wasn’t going to fight the Cowboys over the difference between a franchise tag as a linebacker and defensive end, but that he planned to look at defensive line deals when negotiating a long-term contract.

Spencer was tagged for the second straight year as a linebacker, guaranteeing $10.6 million on a one-year deal. A defensive end tag this year was worth $11.175 million.

Though he’ll be playing defensive end in the team’s new 4-3 system, the tag is based on the position he played the previous year.

They have the right to franchise as a linebacker,” agent Jordan Woy told Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But he will be a defensive end. It would be fair to look at contracts of players that play that position.”

He said he didn’t think the Cowboys tagged Spencer again to trade him, and that his client “wants to stay in Dallas but he also would like to have a long-term deal.”

Not fighting over the $600,000 difference might help keep negotiations friendly, as Woy tries to talk the Cowboys into a bigger deal with much more in the way of guarantees.

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7 Responses to “Spencer’s agent won’t fight Cowboys over linebacker tag”
  1. bearclaw69 says: Mar 4, 2013 6:29 PM

    Not fighting over the $600K difference will prevent the player and his agent from looking like greedy idiots, since they would lose that battle based on CLEAR language in the CBA.

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 4, 2013 6:42 PM

    Spencer played his ass off with Demarcus hurt last year. He will be a asset to our d line.
    Surprisingly, good move Jerrah

  3. ericn42000 says: Mar 4, 2013 8:55 PM

    Glad to have you back in Big D!!!!

  4. hockeyfan28 says: Mar 4, 2013 9:04 PM

    Guessing the cowboys didn’t see anyone at their pick who could step in and match Spencer’s production probably going to take oline now in round 1 even though Eddie Lacey with Demarco Murray’s injury problems would give them a heck of a backfield

  5. romoscollarbone says: Mar 4, 2013 11:53 PM

    Tagging Spencer is probably better then letting the braintrust of Jerry and JG select FAs. The only guys I was thinking would fit nicely would’ve been Michael Johnson (tagged) or Paul Kruger who plays a lot with a hand in the dirt.

    Let’s hope Spenc doesn’t get complacent 2 yrs from now, once he’s paid.

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 5, 2013 3:17 PM

    I’m not so sure that Jerry won’t play the Spencer trade card when the draft rolls around. Jerry likes to make a splash in the draft and that would do it.

  7. chattcowboy says: Mar 5, 2013 9:17 PM

    Hell he shouldn’t contest it..He’s making out like a fat cat and ain’t worth it! But I’ll give him credit..He took advantage of a early dementia / Alzheimer’s patient. Jerry is losing it.

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