Cowboys’ outside linebacker will play out the 2012 season under the franchise tag.
Dallas watched the deadline for offering extensions to franchised players come and go on Monday (at 3PM for those keeping score) without offering Spencer a deal, meaning the former first round pick out of Purdue will earn $8.8 million for his work this season, per the tender sheet offer he signed back in April.
Of course, this is no surprise. Reports surfaced more than a week ago saying that Dallas had no intention of extending Spencer before Monday's deadline.
2012 will mark Spencer’s sixth season in the league, and while many fans have seen Spencer as something of a bust, those around the Cowboys (Spencer’s teammates, coaches, etc.) maintain that his contributions to the defense can’t be accurately gathered by a mere look at the stat sheets.
That said, from a statistical standpoint, Spencer is coming off one of his better years as a member of the Cowboys. In 2011, he posted 66 tackles, four forced fumbles and, tying a career-high, six sacks.
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