Reports began to surface earlier this week suggesting that the Dallas Cowboys would consider using their franchise tag on outside linebacker and former first round pick Anthony Spencer, and by Tuesday, word of the possibility had gotten back to Spencer himself.
"Actually, yeah, I heard about it for the first time yesterday," Spencer said Wednesday, per the team’s official website. "I had to call my agent up and just see what all that really meant. People were texting me, calling me and asking about it, and I'm like 'Uhhh' ... I do the football part on the field and they handle the other stuff."
The Cowboys have between February 20 and March 5 to franchise Spencer, which would prevent the Purdue product from testing the waters in free agency, and keep him around for 2012 at a price of around $8.8 million.
According to Spencer, he’s trying not to concern himself too much with the possibility of being franchised, whether it happens or not.
"I'm just waiting around, pretty much just waiting for something to happen," Spencer said. "Of course I want the long-term security ... I would want to have something done. But if it doesn't happen, what can I do about it? I'm excited for the opportunity that I'm in right now, just to be a free agent, to have the Cowboys want me back and have the opportunity to be other places at the same time."
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