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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



    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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