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February 13, 2012

Linebacker Anthony Spencer not gone yet, could be franchised by Cowboys

The Cowboys may not be done with free agent linebacker Anthony Spencer just yet.

According to a team source, Spencer is a candidate for the franchise tag, giving him a one-year deal of about $8.8 million.
Never mind that he has largely been a disappointment since joining the Cowboys as a first round pick in 2007. Never mind that has never had more than six sacks in the season and has yet to provide a consistent force opposite All-Pro DeMarcus Ware.
He is solid against against the run as he was fourth on the Cowboys with 74 tackles in 2011. He also led in forced fumbles with four and tied for the team lead in tackles for losses with eight.
And getting back to the pass rush, Spencer did have 31 quarterback pressures, second behind Ware's 40. What doesn't translate is the six sacks to 19.5 for Ware. That number needs in improvement. The Cowboys know as much. 
But the bottom line with a potential franchise decision on Spencer is finding a potential replacement for him. 
There are few options on the free-agent market _ unless you consider Houston's Mario Williams. He is likely the top free agent the market and will command a hefty price. He would be a huge financial risk for Cowboys considering his limited experience in the 3-4 _ especially at strongside outside linebacker which is Spencer's spot.
Another option is Indianapolis defensive end Robert Mathis, who could potentially make the move to outside linebacker in a 3-4. But again he has never played the position and he is 31 years old compared to Spencer who just turned 28.
And if the Cowboys don't find a replacement in free agency and don't sign Spencer, they box themselves into the possibly making a bad decision in the draft by forcing them to pick for need.
The Cowboys have made no final decisions. But franchising Spencer is being discussed.
-- Clarence E. Hill Jr.

 

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Just get a big DT corner that can cover and a lineman that can block or maybe a GM that can spot talent an address team needs

Anyone know what the Cowboy cap will be after we cut Newman?
Keep Spencer one more year since we have bigger holes to fill in the draft and FA.

Below are the stats for Clay Matthews and Anthony Spencer. Can you guess who is who?
2011 Games 15 GS 15 Sacks 6.0 INT 3 TD 1 PD 9 FF 3 FR 0 Tackles 41 AST 14
2011 Games 16 GS 16 Sacks 6.0 INT 0 TD 0 PD 1 FF 4 FR 0 Tackles 51 AST 15
Matthews is a superstar and Spencer is getting run out of town? (maybe) What if Spencer wasn't making up for a slow Bradie James and a washed up Keith Brooking in coverage? What if the Cowboys actually had d lineman that could penetrate and attract blockers? In 1986 Lawrence Taylor had 20.5 sacks for the Giants, his bookend, Carl Banks, had 6.5. But they had a d end, Leonard Marshall, get 12 sacks from Taylors side. Imagine how much better the secondary would look if Jason Hatcher had gone for 12 sacks instead of 4.5. And yes, those Giants played a 3-4 Defense and they won the Super Bowl. Problem isn't Spencer, who will have teams interested on day one should he hit the market, but the d-line that has no playmakers. Oh, Matthews is the first set of stats.

Franchise Spencer??? Are you out of your d***ed mind??? Trade him to Miami (with the other Cowboy castaways) and use the draft pick on any position. We all know that anyone that is drafted, a free agent, or crippled and blind would be an improvement over Spencer

Unreal, I would rather see us franchise Robinson. Until we get real about the OL and the Secondary this will be a re run. PS. Sensabaugh is not the answer at safety.

If this happens and Jerry franchises Spencer..what else is new? Jerry just doesn't know when to cut his losses. That would fall right in line with what that 'idiot' Jerry has been doing the last 16 years. Let him test the free agent market to find his worth and then go from there. If we lose him..so be it. Let Victor Butler have first crack at his spot and again..go from there.

Campbell would be the most amazing compliment that Demarcus Ware could ever get... That'd be dumb awesome...

I KNOW JERRY IS WAITING TO HEAR FROM ME,I WOULD KEEP SPENSER RESIGN HIM WITH A TRADE CLAUSE AT ANYTIME AN THEN LET HIM TRAIN SOME ONE ELSE FOR HIS POSITION,THEN POSSIBILIY TRADE HIM,FOR SOMETHING ELSE THE COWBOYS NEED ! AN JERRY GET A HIGH DRAFT PICK ROOKIE,OR A SEASONED VETERAN THAT COULD LEARN HIS POSITION I'D HAVE SEVERAL TRY OUTS FOR THE POSITION AT VALLEY RANCH,AND IF YOU SEE WHERE SOMEONE IS GOOD ENOUGH TO TAKE THE POSITION FROM THEN,DON'T FRANCHISE HIM ORE SIGN HIM LET HIM BECOME A FREE AGENT ! THERE'S YOUR ANSWER JERRY CUT SPENSER AT THE LAST MINUTE TO MAKE SURE YOU,VE GOT THE RIGHT REPLACEMENT AND YOU'VE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION

There are atleast 30 other linebackers in the draft that are as good or better... 8.8 million gets red bryant and calias campbell. lets built a team not stagnet it

They could franchise Spencer, but please don't do it. He's not worth $8.8 mil per year. If the defense was that bad with him, why would you use that much cap space to keep him. It couldn't get much worse with a rookie replacing him.

Serious Magnus Nelson, a total bust. I agree he could do better but a total bust huh. Im glad your not running the show.

Jarrett Johnson would be a better long term investment.

This is the absolute dumbest thing these morons out at Valley Ranch have come up with yet. Spencer is a total BUST. Keeping and franchising this loser will once again prove that Jethro, Jason and Rob have no idea what the h...ll they are doing. This is a clown show beyond imagination. Their win total is still IMO 4 maybe 5 for 2012.

I think franchising spencer is the correct move. I would like the cowboys to move Jay Ratliff to DE and than draft a fa at nose tackle. a larger presence in the middle.

Just keep Spencer and get Mario cause we still need him

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