We’d imagine the Dallas Cowboys want to keep Anthony Spencer around for awhile, following a career year and a first career Pro Bowl nod for the Purdue product. Spencer put up 95 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2012 while playing under the franchise tag and he’s already said, through his agent Jordan Woy, that he’s open to moving to defensive end in Monte Kiffin’s Tampa 2 scheme.
So we suppose it’s good news that, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, the two sides have already had some “preliminary talks” regarding a long-term deal and came away optimistic that they could hammer something out--most likely in February, in the week leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Woy, who has been doing all the public speaking for Spencer of late, said recently that his client’s first choice would be to return to Dallas in 2013. If a deal isn’t worked out, the Cowboys could franchise Spencer for a second consecutive year at a cost of $10.6 million--he made $8.8 million in 2012--but Dallas usually tries to avoid using the tag if they can.
To wit, Spencer is just the third player in Cowboys history to have received the franchise tag, with safety Ken Hamlin and Flozell Adams being the others.
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