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Stephen Jones Unsure If Cowboys Will Franchise Spencer

Rumors that OLB Anthony Spencer might get the franchise tag began to swirl last week

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Cowboys Unsure About Franchising Spencer

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Dallas Cowboys’ executive vice president believes Anthony Spencer is “a hell of a player,” but the team hasn’t yet decided how they’ll proceed in talks with the outside linebacker who is reportedly a leading candidate for the team’s franchise tag.

"It's certainly a possibility but it hasn't been determined," Jones said Tuesday, per the Dallas Morning News. "I think he's a hell of a player. I think he is a good pro football player. Then the question is obviously when you franchise a player you're putting him at even another level. But that happens. That's the business we're dealing in and that's what we'll have to figure out--if that's worth it."

If Dallas does franchise Spencer, he’ll be due about $8.8 million. Many believe Spencer to be a flop, as he’s never had more than six sacks in a season, but like DeMarcus Ware who said earlier this week that the team should re-sign his fellow OLB, Stephen Jones doesn’t believe Spencer’s worth is accurately reflected in sack totals.

"Everybody wants to automatically say, 'Outside linebacker -- how many sacks?'" Jones said. "A good football player can impact a game in a lot more ways than just how many sacks he has. Pressure is important in our league and we pay for pressure. But you also pay for good football players. And I think Anthony fits in that mold. I think up until this point evidence speaks for itself. He's never been a big sack guy. But he is a good football player."
 

 

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