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Around the NFL: Dallas Cowboys likely to place franchise tag on linebacker Spencer


Instead of Casual Friday at work or Follow Friday on Twitter, the NFL made it Franchise Friday.  Many teams used the franchise tags in unison that day.  Reports are that the Dallas Cowboys will use the tag very soon on linebacker Anthony Spencer.

Spencer is scheduled to be a free agent and the Cowboys are looking to retain him with a long-term contract.  The two have been discussing the contract but the franchise tag deadline is Monday and no agreement has been reached.

The Cowboys have stated that they will most likely have to place the franchise tag on Spencer if they can’t come to terms.  The franchise tag amount for Spencer would be close to $9 million.

Spencer was drafted by the Cowboys in 2007 during the first round and has been a presence for them.  This past season, he had 66 tackles and six sacks.  For his career he has 266 tackles, 21.5 sacks and one interception.

The tag for the Cowboys would make sense considering that it if Spencer were to test free agency on March 13, he wouldn’t last long and could probably get the big contract he’s looking for from another team.