Anthony Spencer signs franchise tender with Cowboys

Maybe eventually a long-term contract will come along for Anthony Spencer.

If it doesn’t he has the security of the franchise tender for this season. The Dallas Cowboys announced that the outside linebacker has signed his contract for 2012. He will earn $8.8 million, not quite what he would receive in a multi-year deal with guarantees, but a nice salary.

Spencer, the club’s first-round draft pick in 2007, has started 47 games over the previous three seasons. He has 21

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