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Spencer, Cowboys Will Continue Negotiations

OLB Anthony Spencer got the franchise tag on Monday



    The Dallas Cowboys made outside linebacker Anthony Spencer just the third player in franchise history to receive the franchise tag on Monday, but the two sides will continue to negotiate a long-term deal.

    Spencer is due to make around $8.8 million for the 2012 season if he does, in fact, play under the franchise tag. In the only two cases in which the tag was used by the Cowboys before--with Flozell Adams in 2003 and Ken Hamlin in 2008--the two sides eventually came to terms on a longer-term deal.

    That said, whether Dallas wants to invest in Spencer long term seems unclear. He has never recorded more than six sacks in a season, but in their remarks this week, Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett have made the point that the five-year veteran’s value isn’t really reflected in sack totals.

    "If you look at his total production,” Garrett said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “how he's affected quarterbacks, how he's affected games, tackles for loss, hurries, tackles, all of that stuff, he's really been a strong contributor to our football team.”

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