If the Cowboys are creating space by going to Ware, Carr, Witten and especially Austin, Livings, Bernie and possibly Scandrick and Ratliff it seems that we are 1) committing to those players for 2013 and possibly 2014 2) we may create enough room that if we release Free we could tag Spencer 3) it is creating some leverage in the Romo negotiation.
First, I hope we tag Spencer. He has played at an elite level the past 2-3 years regardless of pure sack numbers. A good percentage of his rushes result in pressures and he is in on a very good number of turnover plays. He has been an elite run stopper. The one weakness is actual sacks (not pressures) against tackles. He would get about 9-10mm multiyear on the open market so to pay him $10.6 is not a bad deal for 1 year. It also gives us the ability to trade him for a pick possibly to the Browns who need 2 edge rushers and have a gob of cap space.