Cowboys don’t anticipate using franchise tag

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The Cowboys used their franchise tag on defensive end Anthony Spencer last season, but they aren’t planning on using it again this year.

That was the message executive vice president Stephen Jones sent from the Senior Bowl on Wednesday when he spoke to reporters about a variety of topics. Jones said, via Rowan Kavner of the team’s website, that the team didn’t anticipate using the tag to help them hold onto any of their impending free agents, a group that includes Spencer and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher.

Spencer has been tagged twice before, which means he’d either get a 44 percent raise or the quarterback franchise tag salary. That’s far too rich for a player coming off of microfracture surgery, although Calvin Watkins of reports that Jones left the door open for a Spencer return. Hatcher said that he won’t be offering any hometown discounts this offseason and a bidding war for the Pro Bowler’s services could wind up making him too expensive for the Cowboys.

Jones also said that the team is working toward a long-term deal with kicker Dan Bailey, who is set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, as he rounded up the contract business that lies ahead in Dallas this offseason.

9 responses to “Cowboys don’t anticipate using franchise tag

  1. Lets look at this objectively. Jerry Jones is the GM, it makes sense to not use franchise tag, Jerry Jones will put the franchise tag on the mediocre punter.

  2. I think that this will be the tear that the free agent market bubble will burst. We can close last year but it was mostly the over-the-hill guys who found out the hard way. With the rookie wage scale, the NFL will restock through the draft and the days of outlandish free agent contracts are over. There just aren’t that many teams that can afford it now that a franchise QB makes $15M+. $12M defensive linemen, linebackers and running backs are a thing of the past

  3. With the opponents Dallas faces next year the window has closed. Time to do a complete rebuild. Start with a strong offense of line and a quarterback. Wide receivers and running backs are a dime a dozen. Look at the teams in playoffs. Solid line with a QB.

  4. I wish people who commented on the stock sale by Green Bay actually took the time to get the facts straight. The funds can only be used for stadium improvements, nothing else.

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