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Free-agent deals prove Spencer, Melton were smart

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Last Friday, we pointed out that Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer and Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton were wise to sign their franchise tenders.

The market for defensive lineman has proven that it was a good idea to take the money that was on the table.

Given the market for pass rushers, with defensive end Michael Bennett signing in Seattle for one year and $5 million, the Cowboys would have been tempted to yank Spencer’s $10.6 million tender and sign, for example, both Dwight Freeney and Osi Umenyiora, likely for less than what Dallas will be paying Spencer.

With the free-agency market generally sluggish at other positions, the remaining franchise players could be in for a surprise if they don’t sign their tenders soon.

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8 Responses to “Free-agent deals prove Spencer, Melton were smart”
  1. mec693 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:25 PM

    …somewhere Chris Avril is crying

  2. SparkyGump says: Mar 14, 2013 10:32 PM

    Just another example of just how poor of a general manager Jerry Jones really is.

  3. bcdc26 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:49 PM

    Are you saying that Jerry Jones made a bad business decision? Clearly I’m misunderstanding you because Jerry doesn’t do that type of thing. Just ask the cowboys draft class of 2009 or Roy Williams or Joey Galloway or 1st round picks Sherman Williams, Shante Carver, Ebenezer Ekuban, Bobby Carpenter, David LaFleur, Robert Jones, Kevin Smith, Kelvin Pritchett, Marcus Spears, Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins and Terrence Williams

  4. dino2997 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:50 AM

    Anthony Spencer is not worth the price of the franchise tender. However, I would argue that Henry Melton who is a DT and not a DE is worth it since his tender is about $2 million less.

  5. mikefoxtrot says: Mar 15, 2013 1:38 AM

    it would be quite nice to see Osi play another year for the Giants should he not be able to sogn for big bucks elsewhere.

  6. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Mar 15, 2013 2:24 AM

    This is another way of saying that the Cowboys and Bears were unwise to tag these players in the first place.

  7. andylucksneck says: Mar 15, 2013 7:13 AM

    Another bad signing by Jerry. The cowboys are going to be terrible for years to come.

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 15, 2013 12:07 PM

    Spencer was smart to sign for more than he is worth but was Jerry smart to franchise Spencer? NOOOOOO!

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