IRVING, Texas The Dallas Cowboys have opted for a second straight year to franchise tag defensive standout Anthony Spencer, 105.3 The Fan learned on Monday, and both sides are now "working together on a long-term deal," agent Jordan Woy tells me.
Part of the work, I'm told, regards Spencer's side wanting to be paid like a defensive end (his position going forward in Dallas new 4-3 defense) and the Cowboys arguing that the franchise-tag number for a linebacker (his position last season) is more appropriate.
Franchise tags this year are 11.175 million for defensive ends and 9.619 million for linebackers. Spencer isn't necessarily locked down to either number in the event of him forging a long-term contract with the club. And even if no agreement is reached, he can earn 120 percent of his previous number (8.8 million), meaning his tag salary can be 10.7 million at linebacker.
Which, again, by rule, is how he can be paid.
The CBA is clear that the correct tender for Spencer would ...