News: FWST: Cowboys place franchise tag on Spencer, but sides will keep dealing

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  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Cowboys place franchise tag on Spencer, but sides will keep dealing
    By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

    IRVING -- The Dallas Cowboys officially placed the franchise tag on potential free-agent linebacker Anthony Spencer, guaranteeing him $8.8 million for next season.

    He is the third player in team history to receive the franchise tag, joining safety Ken Hamlin and tackle Flozell Adams. In both cases, the team eventually worked out contract extensions.

    That's what Spencer's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, hopes will happen. Barnes said he plans to continue to talk to the Cowboys about a long-term deal.

    The deadline to sign the franchise tag is July 16. If the sides don't sign a deal by then, Spencer will play the season under the $8.8 million tag.

    Reaching a deal would certainly lower the salary-cap hit for the Cowboys, but at this point they are not that far along in the process and seemingly not ready to commit long-term to Spencer...

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  2. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    I think it's nothing more than a game of keep-away. After Ahmad Brooks signed, we realized that Spencer's value flew through the roof. We needed to keep him away from other suitors.
  3. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    It was the common sense move that gives them more options and keeps from getting bidded up with competition from other teams.

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