HOUSTON - AUGUST 25: Marcus Spears #96 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 25, 2007 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Spears somewhat expected that he would be part of a draft day trade with any number of teams rumored to be interested. Only, much like the Cuban Missile Crisis, the call never came. The LSU product won't go so far as to say he was surprised; but he refuses to dismiss the idea that, come next September, he could be in another NFL city.
"Not surprised, don't want to get ahead of yourself, a lot of things can still happen," Spears said, per ESPNDallas.com. "I think it was a bit surprising when I saw the trade [for Dez Bryant] happen, I thought it was me. It wasn't but we'll wait and see. If I'm here when the first game starts, then I'm a part of the team."
The cold truth of all this is that Spears, who had arguably his best season to date in 2009, is one of myriad players who are suffering (financially anyway) as a result of the uncapped season.
Without a collective bargaining agreement in place, Spears reverted from unrestricted free agent status to restricted free agent status this offseason; meaning, essentially, that Dallas could slap him with an original round tender offer--worth a paltry $1.226 million--and get away with it.
As a first round pick, a team would have to give up a first rounder in order to land Spears, which is highly doubtful. As of now, the veteran stands to make around a half million less than his backups, Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen, who each received the second round offer. Ah, but its all part of the business, and Spears, to his credit, isn't complaining.
"I am and that's a part of it and that's what makes the situation a little bit different," he said. "From the beginning of last season I knew this possibility with the CBA, it wasn't surprising at all. The original draft tender was always there, and why wouldn't you use it if you can get a good player to play for cheap...
"No matter what you feel like what you've been dealt, at the end of the day, I'm going to make $1.2 million and probably 98 percent of America can't say they will."
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