With just 6 days remaining for franchise players to agree to long term deals, it’s more of the same coming out of Dallas. The news continues to be that the Cowboys are not expected to sign franchise player Anthony Spencer to a long term deal. Spencer was one of the first players to sign his tender, worth 8.856 million, after the Cowboys made the surprising decision to tag him, but all of the news out of Dallas was that he would not be given an extension as the Cowboys wanted the former 1st round pick to prove himself in 2012. This latest report comes courtesy of DallasCowboys.com.
Spencer takes a lot of heat for never exceeding 6 sacks in a season despite being a 1st round pick in 2007 and having DeMarcus Ware opposite him, taking away the defensive pressure. However, that number doesn’t tell the whole story. Spencer also had 9 quarterback hits and 35 quarterback pressures last year and 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 better against the run. I don’t know if he was worth the franchise tag, but he’s a valuable member of the Cowboys’ defense.