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Report: Cowboys Considering Franchising Spencer

The Dallas Cowboys could use their franchise tag on OLB Anthony Spencer, who is set to become a free agent in March

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Report: Cowboys Considering Franchising Spencer

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Anthony Spencer is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13, but that doesn’t mean his time in Dallas is over.

Citing a team source, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Cowboys are considering using their franchise tag on Spencer, which would mean a one-year deal worth around $8.8 million for the linebacker out of Purdue.

Spencer has been something of a disappointment since being selected in the first round of the 2007 draft. He’s shown flashes of the sort of pass rushing ability Dallas had hoped for, particularly near the end of the 2009 season, but for the most part has earned his keep as a run-stopper.

That said, he did record six sacks in 2011, tying his career best, while adding 66 tackles and four forced fumbles--which was enough, at least, to force Dallas to consider franchising as a viable option.

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