Anthony Spencer will play under Cowboys franchise tag
In one of the less surprising moves on franchise tag deadline day, the Dallas Cowboys have not reached an extension with Anthony Spencer, who will play under the franchise tender for the second straight season.
The Cowboys have never shown legitimate interest in keeping Spencer for the longterm. They franchised him in 2012, agreeing to pay him about $8.8 million. The NFL puts a pretty steep disincentive on bringing a player back for a second year under the franchise tag, hiking up the player's already high compensation for the previous year 20 percent, but the Cowboys didn't mind, agreeing to pay him $10.6 million for the upcoming year.
The 29-year-old Purdue product showed some interest in reaching a longer deal, but as Blogging the Boys wrote at the time, that was never a particularly likely option. Negotiations broke off in late June, and with a contract extension officially off the table and a third franchise tag prohibitively expensive, it seems this will be Spencer's last year in Dallas.
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