The Dallas Cowboys aren’t expected to announce what, if anything, they’ll do with their franchise tag any time soon, but the favorite candidate for the tag seems to be outside linebacker Anthony Spencer, who is set to become a free agent in March. And if Spencer’s fellow OLB DeMarcus Ware has his say, the Cowboys will keep Spencer around in (and maybe beyond) 2012.
Most folks believe Spencer to be something of a bust following his selection in the first round of the 2007 draft, because he has never emerged as an elite pass rusher. But according to Ware, Spencer’s contributions to the defense stretch well beyond his presence in the pass rush.
"I think it's really important to get Spencer back because if you look back, he's not a guy who is probably going to have 40 or 50 sacks, but at the end of the day, he's a run-stopper," Ware said Saturday, per the Dallas Morning News. "He drops a lot and you see a lot of pass breakups and a lot of tackles for loss, so he's making a lot of plays for us but they are subtle plays. He's a solid player we need to keep."
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