Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 7/14/12
The agent for Cowboys unsigned franchise player Anthony Spencer confirmed today what many had been speculating for months, that his client will not be receiving a long term deal from the Cowboys. The Cowboys surprisingly slapped Spencer, a former 1st round pick who has never had more than 6 sacks in a season, with the franchise tag earlier this offseason, guaranteeing him 8.856 million this year. Spencer promptly signed the tender, but that’s about where this story ends as not much has happened since. It appears the Cowboys just franchised him in order to give him a 1 year “prove it” deal. If Spencer doesn’t “prove it,” he may not be back with the team in 2013. Spencer had only 6 sacks, but 9 quarterback hits and 35 quarterback pressures last year, good for a rate of 12.2% on 411 pass rush snaps. He also leads all edge rushers in tackles over the last 3 seasons. For his efforts last year, he was a top-10 player at his position on ProFootballFocus and only James Harrison graded out b...
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