Report: Cowboys place franchise tag on Anthony Spencer

The Dallas Cowboys became the latest team to put their franchise tag in play when they secured outside linebacker Anthony Spencer for the 2012 season.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reported that Spencer was tagged, ensuring he does not reach the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

Spencer is the pass rusher opposite DeMarcus Ware. While Spencer hasn’t produced nearly like Ware has, the Cowboys viewed him as too valuable to lose. Spencer had six sacks last season and has 17 over the last three seasons.

Dallas can sign Spencer to a long-term deal if they can reach an agreement before July 16.

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