The two-week period in which teams can use their franchise tag kicks off today, but for the first time in three years, it doesn’t look like the Dallas Cowboys will apply the tag to anyone.
In each of the past two offseasons, defensive end Anthony Spencer was tagged but, last year, this meant paying the Purdue product $10.63 million for one game and two tackles. Spencer was placed on the injured reserve in September with a left knee injury that required surgery.
“I don’t think the tag’s going to be in play for us this year,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said last month, per the team’s official website. “Obviously, we worked it out where we could with Spencer. I just don’t see it where we need it this year.”
Overall, the Cowboys have only used the franchise tag four times. Aside from Spencer in 2012 and 2013, tackle Flozell Adams and safety Ken Hamlin have received the designation in the past.
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