Originally Posted by WoodysGirl
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
– A year ago, the Cowboys slapped the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer
and you would’ve thought they had spent a first-round pick on a punter.
There was such uproar from fans who couldn’t believe a guy with no more than 6.5 sacks in one season could earn $8.8 million last year alone.
[View Full Quote]As it turned out, the Cowboys probably did make a mistake there. In hindsight, signing him to a long-term deal right then would’ve been cheaper in the long run. Then again, who knows if that security would’ve led to Spencer’s career season that included 11 sacks, a team-leading 106 tackles and his first Pro Bowl selection.
But now, putting another franchise tag on Spencer seems exactly what many fans want the Cowboys to do, which will actually cost them about $10.63 million this year.
But it’s not going to happen. It can’t happen.
The time period to franchise tag Spencer is Feb. 18 to March 4. That is done so teams can keep their negotiating rights with their current players before the free-agent signing period begins, which in this case starts March 12.
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I totally disagree with this premise. Dallas certainly can franchise Spencer by simply moving some money around. I don't know if the Cowboys want to franchise Spencer, but it's silly to think that just because it would put them $30 million under the cap (according to this article) that the Cowboys can't make it work.
If the cap age has shown us anything, it's that teams can really do what they want by manipulating it.
As Stephen Jones says in my sig, 'Room' always makes me chuckle. The only people who worry about room are the fans and the media.