Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is obviously disappointed that Anthony Spencer’s season is done, after three weeks and just one game (he played on a limited basis in the loss to the Chiefs), but he doesn’t regret signing Spencer to a $9.6 million franchise tender this offseason.
“I really look at it as, that goes with it,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “That’s the life we’ve chosen. I don’t in any way, second-guess the commitment we made to him because of the caliber of player he was. We certainly would like to have those dollars, but I’d rather have Spencer. I can’t look at the obvious any time something doesn’t work out. I can tell you, if anybody was going to get the money under these circumstances, I’m glad it’s him. He’s worked hard. He’s that quality of an individual and that quality of player.”
Spencer was coming off a career year. He recorded 95 tackles in 14 games, 11 sacks and was named to his first career Pro Bowl. He only got the franchise tender after his camp and the Cowboys failed to connect on a long-term contract--but, just as he’s not regretful about giving Spencer the tender, Jones isn’t glad that the two sides couldn’t get together on a long-term deal in light of his season-ending surgery.
“Once we made the commitment, I spent no time [looking back] because that don’t do you any good right there,” Jones said. “We knew what we were doing when we [gave him the franchise tag]. You got to assume that he did what was good for Anthony, and I think that he did. He had his logic and it was good logic. We did what we should’ve done in my mind with the Cowboys. We wanted him on the team.”
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