The clock is ticking for Anthony Spencer and the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to getting a multi-year contract done.
Spencer has been secured with the franchise tag for the second consecutive year and the deadline for a long-term deal is July 15 otherwise the linebacker-turned-defensive end will have to play out this season under the terms of the tag. The tag will pay him $10.6 million this season and he earned $8.8 million in 2012 so if no deal is done Spencer stands to earn $21.4 million over two years, and that wouldn’t be a bad deal for him. But he’s obviously looking at the $10.6 million for 2013 and realizing a long-term guarantee could be much higher than that. From the Cowboys’ standpoint, Spencer is 29 and the club has to determine how much it wants to invest in him in the seasons to come.
“I want to be here for the rest of my career,” Spencer said, according to Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News. “Hopefully we can get that done. “If we can’t, then so be it.”
For the switch to defensive end Spencer said he’s added some weight but he expects to plat at 257 pounds, about five pounds above where he was last season. He had a career-high 11 sacks last season and has 22 over the previous three years.
“I feel comfortable,” Spencer said of his new position. “Kind of uncomfortable in some positions, in some spots, but it feels normal.”
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