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April 26, 2010

Spears surprised to still be here

Defensive end Marcus Spears was watching the draft when he saw the Cowboys had made a trade with New England. He expected to see his name as part of the trade.

"I thought that was me," Spears said. "It wasn't, so we'll just wait and see. If I'm here when the first game starts, I'm a part of the team."

Spears expects to be traded. The former first-round pick started every game except one last season and had his best season. But the Cowboys gave him a $1.226 million tender, while paying backup defensive linemen Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher more money than Spears.

"I think it's been pretty obvious I wasn't too high on the priority list," Spears said. "Things happen, and I'm more about what's going on and what's on paper. Usually, with me, it's what you see is what you get. I think from things that have been going on since the tender, and all that stuff, you know it's probably not a high priority for them to get me signed long term."

The Cowboys have several players on the trade block, including Spears, Bobby Carpenter and Patrick Crayton, but there has been little interest around the league so far, a source said.

Spears is just ready to find out where he is going to spend the 2010 season.

"I want to know where I'm going to be," Spears said. "You have that sense of things. Obviously, I would love to be here long term, but if that's not the case and I have to play here one year, I'm not bitter at all. Still around a bunch of great guys."

-- Charean Williams

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