Cowboys to meet with Spencer’s representatives again


The Cowboys met with the player rep for free agent linebacker Anthony Spencer at last week’s Scouting Combine, but no breakthrough occurred in contract talks. The sides plan to meet again soon.

Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys have “tentative plans” to speak with Spencer’s agent by the end of this week. The Cowboys would rather sign Spencer to a multi-year deal than use the franchise tag before the March 5 deadline.

The linebacker tag is worth roughly $8.8 million.

The six-year, $44.5 million deal signed by 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks on Tuesday helped set the market for Spencer and his agent, Roosevelt Barnes. It’s hard to imagine Barnes and Spencer accepting any less than that. Brooks received a reported $17.5 million in guarantees.

Thus, Spencer will probably be tagged before next Monday.

19 responses to “Cowboys to meet with Spencer’s representatives again

  1. There are MUCH better options available in free agency for the amount of money you’d have to pay in the form if either a franchise tag/multi year deal.

    Why pay for a guy who has shown mediocrity throughout his career in Dallas? Yes, he has shown the ability to generate pressure in situations, but honestly, If Ware is getting THAT many sacks, AND being double teamed, Spencer’s numbers should be WAY higher than they are. This, coupled with his admission that he took plays off in 2010 speaks to his lack of commitment, focus, and maturity.

  2. If the Cowboys don’t franchise him, “Almost” Anthony Spencer is going to get $50 million for playing opposite Ware all this time. Demarcus made him look pretty good, but if you don’t even sniff double-digit once in 5 years while teamed up with a pass rusher of his caliber, you’re not a “franchise” player.

  3. I’ve got no problem with Spencer. I’d like for his number to be in the 5-6M range.

    He doesn’t have the sexy sack numbers, but he is a solid run stopper and drops into coverage quite a bit. He’s a solid player, and better than what will be available in FA from other teams.

    Think anybody would care if Ware and Spencer both racked up 20 sacks if the Cowboys were getting gashed in the run game?

  4. Well, ProFootballFocus ranks Spencer #10 among 3-4 OLB, Brooks is #18 so Spencer may have a point.

    Interestingly, if you look at the performance of 3-4 OLB playing the strong side, like Spencer, Spencer ranks very well. He isn’t the worthless POS people seem to think he is.

  5. Go ahead and sign him. $19MM guaranteed on a bloated contract. Who are you going to get in his place…

  6. 2011

    Brooks 6 sacks, 8 QB hits, 37 QB Hurries, 28 tackles, 0 forced fumbles

    Spencer 6 sacks, 9 QB hits, 35 Hurries, 4 forced fumbles, 53 tackles.

    Seems like Spencer had better numbers overall last year

  7. For a guy that plays opposite DeMarcus Ware, being more know as a good run stopper instead of a pass rusher is kinda funny. You should have double digit sacks every year, and anything less than that is completely unacceptable.

  8. Resigning this guy is a tacit acknowledgement that they have no faith in their scouting department. It really shouldn’t be too hard to replace his production. Same with Spears, James, Scandrich, Hatcher, etc. etc. etc.

  9. Once again Jerry will step up-bid against himself- and overpay for a very mediocre player.

  10. He’s not worth franchise type $…Victor Butler can fill in very capably…let him walk and utilize the draft. Of course, Jones still runs that, so here’s hoping he takes the advice of someone else. Can he get it from newly signed ESPN commentator Bill Polian? It won’t cost you anything Jerry.

  11. hey jerry you finished 8-8 last year . my advice is to spend your money on some hungry players who want to win and have heart. how could it be worse?

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