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Cowboys Twitter mailbag, Part 2

April, 12, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- Part 2 of the Dallas Cowboys' Twitter mailbag is ready.

In it we talk about the Cowboys' drafting injured players, Anthony Spencer's possible return, a position switch for Morris Claiborne and a Matt Johnson update.

If you want to see the Part 1 of the mailbag, click here.

Away we go:

 

Cowboys have talked to Hatcher, Spencer

February, 21, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Dallas Cowboys must address their defensive line in 2014 and have had talks with the agent for Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer.

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"They've indicated they want them both back," Jordan Woy said, "so we'll see how it goes."

The probability they both return to the only team they have known is slim for a number of reasons. The Cowboys must shed salary-cap space and could find it difficult to match any offer Hatcher receives from another team. Spencer played only 34 snaps in 2013 because of a knee injury that required microfracture surgery.

Hatcher, who turns 32 in July, had his best season with a career-high 11 sacks and was added to the Pro Bowl. He had 48 tackles, seven tackles for loss and 33 quarterback pressures in 15 games.

"He'd like to play there," said Woy, who negotiated a seven-year, $22 million deal for kicker Dan Bailey earlier in the offseason, "but hey, it's free agency and it's going to come down to the contract."

Spencer turned 30 in January and has made close to $20 million the last two seasons as the Cowboys' franchise player. But he enters free agency coming off a major surgery. Woy said Spencer just began running this week after undergoing the surgery last fall.

Woy said Spencer was told by the doctors that his rehab is on the right track and they feel confident he will be able to play. The question is when, which will affect his marketability.

"I think some of the OTA-type stuff he could do limited things in," Woy said. "I don't think he'd be out there full speed but by training camp and the preseason games he'll be back full speed out there."

Anthony Spencer talks could take time

June, 13, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have exchanged proposals with the agent for defensive end Anthony Spencer, but executive vice president Stephen Jones would not say get into if a deal is possible before the July 15 deadline.

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“There’s nothing here that’s not on the up and up and friendly,” Jones said. “If it works out, it works out. We’d love to have Spencer here, but we also understand it has got to work for him, too.”

Spencer is set to make $10.6 million as the Cowboys’ franchise player for the second straight year. He has said he would like to have a long-term deal with the Cowboys. The Cowboys and Spencer have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. If not, he will play the year out on the tag and become a free agent next year.

Coming to an agreement, however, could take some time after how the defensive end market shook out early in free agency. There were not the big-money deals made by free agents, like Cliff Avril, who signed a two-year, $15 million deal with Seattle.

“Obviously we have to take a look at what people signed for and what they’ll make going forward,” Jones said. “There’s some good football players that what they got paid might affect what we want to pay Anthony going forward.”

Another factor in the Spencer talks is the number of younger players the Cowboys would like to keep in the next few years, like Sean Lee, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith and Bruce Carter.

“Everybody affects everybody,” Jones said. “We’ve got to watch each year. We don’t just look at what the cap is in 2013. You’ve got to project what it does in 2014 and 2015.”

Lee is entering the final year of his deal.

“Historically we look at guys going into the last year of their contract and Sean is going into the last year of his contract,” Jones said. “And it will probably be something we’ll look at.”

Sean Lee wants to stay with the Cowboys

June, 5, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- Sean Lee is entering the final year of his contract. The Cowboys have ample salary-cap room to sign one of their defensive captains to a new deal.

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In the recent past, the Cowboys have been able to lock up players to new contracts in training camp. But Lee, who is set to make $630,000 this season, is not paying much attention to any talks.

“I would love to stay in Dallas,” Lee said. “I love this organization, love playing for the fans and this city, but when it comes to that, that’s not what my focus is on at all. It’s being the best I can be, helping us win, and hopefully when that happens, it happens, that stuff will play itself out.”

The Cowboys have been in talks with Jordan Woy about a longer-term deal for defensive end Anthony Spencer. With the franchise tag, Spencer is counting $10.6 million against the cap. A multiyear deal would lower that number and give the Cowboys more room this year, which they could use on players such as Lee, Dez Bryant or even Tyron Smith and/or Bruce Carter. They also could choose to carry over money to the 2014 cap when they will face another crunch that will require more restructuring.
IRVING, Texas – Playing under the franchise tag for the second straight year, Anthony Spencer is taking the same approach he took last season.

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“I’m really not worried about it,” Spencer said. “I come here, work and go home and relax. If it gets done, it gets done. It’s the same attitude I had last year and it ended up working out for me.”

Spencer had a career year in 2012, recording 11 sacks and earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl while earning $8.8 million as the franchise player. The Cowboys decided to place the tag on Spencer again, guaranteeing him $10.6 million as the makes the move from outside linebacker to defensive end.

Had Spencer hit free agency he might not have received as much guaranteed money considering how the market went. Seattle signed Cliff Avril for two years and $15 million. Paul Kruger left Baltimore for Cleveland for a five-year, $40 million deal that included $20 million guaranteed.

Spencer would like a long-term deal to secure his future, and the Cowboys and Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, have until July 15 to work out a contract. If they don't, then Spencer will play out the season on the tag. A longer deal would give the Cowboys more salary-cap space and help them potentially address the futures of linebacker Sean Lee and wide receiver Dez Bryant.

“The way I saw it, defensive ends and outside linebackers pretty much most of them got what I got for the first two years that I’ve been franchise tagged. It worked out.”
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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will have talks this week regarding a long-term deal for Anthony Spencer, according to the player’s agent, Jordan Woy.

Spencer signed his one-year franchise tag tender last week, guaranteeing him at least $10.6 million in 2013. With a long-term deal, the Cowboys would be able to reduce that salary-cap figure and have the ability to sign players in free agency.

The Cowboys are only $177,005 under the salary cap and have had conversations with second-tier free agents such as linebacker Chase Blackburn, guard Matt Slauson and defensive end Amobi Okoye so far.

At the NFL scouting combine last month, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Spencer’s asking price on a multi-year deal was more than the Cowboys were willing to pay, but so far in free agency the market for defensive ends has been largely underwhelming. Cliff Avril, considered the best available defensive end when free agency began, signed a two-year deal with Seattle worth a maximum of $15 million.

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Spencer, 29, will be making the move from outside linebacker to defensive end in 2013 as the Cowboys shift from the 3-4 scheme to the 4-3 under coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Spencer led the Cowboys with 106 tackles in 2012 to go along with a career-high 11 sacks and was a late addition to the Pro Bowl.
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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys decision to place the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer for the second straight year makes some sense despite the $10.6 million cost.

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One of the reasons is that the Cowboys might not have to pay Spencer $10.6 million at all.

Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, has a history of working out deals with the Cowboys, having done so with Flozell Adams a few years ago right before free agency started

But think about this option: trading Spencer.

Under the tag rules, a team would owe the Cowboys two first-round picks but they can work out a deal for substantially less.

Trading franchise players is not uncommon. Kansas City traded Jared Allen to Minnesota in 2008 for a first rounder, two third rounders and a swapped sixth round pick. Green Bay traded Corey Williams to Cleveland for a second rounder in 2008.

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New England traded Matt Cassel to Kansas City in 2009 with Mike Vrabel for a second round pick. In 2003, the Patriots traded Tebucky Jones to New Orleans for three picks: third and seventh rounder sin ’03 and a fourth round in 2004.

So what can the Cowboys get for Spencer? He is coming off a career-high 11 sacks and a Pro Bowl appearance. He is durable but he is 29. Teams don’t want to pay age and to get Spencer a long-term deal would have to be worked out for the new club.

Maybe they get a third-round pick in return.

It beats getting nothing - or a possible 2014 compensatory pick - in return, which is what the Cowboys would have received if they just let him walk.

At best the Cowboys get their best defensive player in 2012 on the roster in 2013 and at the worst they get a draft pick or two in return if they were to trade him.

Do the Cowboys have money for Anthony Spencer?

February, 23, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – Anthony Spencer's future with the Cowboys is tenuous at best because of the salary cap.

While the Cowboys and Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, are scheduled to meet at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, owner and general manager Jerry Jones acknowledged the team will have difficulty in keeping their 2007 first-round pick, who is coming off his first Pro Bowl.

“We are very challenged under the cap and so we’re going to have to pick our spots to spend this money is the best way for me to answer it,” Jones said.

Jones said Spencer’s future is not necessarily tied to the contract negotiations with Tony Romo and there is a “reasonable way,” to keep Spencer from hitting the open market on March 12. An option is putting the franchise tag on Spencer for the second straight year, which would cost the Cowboys $10.6 million.

Jones said he did not regret being able to sign Spencer to a long-term last year because, “that would be impacting us this year, so we would be faced with the same challenges.”

Jones said if the Cowboys are not able to keep Spencer, then they would be able to add a couple of players in his departure.

With the Cowboys moving to the 4-3 defense, Spencer would become a strong-side defensive end. Jones raised some question about Spencer’s size to play the position. At 250 pounds he would be smaller than the ends Monte Kiffin has used in that spot in the past.

He also said the priority positions in the scheme are the rush ends (DeMarcus Ware) and tackles (Jay Ratliff), and they account for $18.3 million in salary-cap room.

“You’ve got to spend your money where the key players are if you’re doing it right,” Jones said. “Now you’re looking at somebody who spent money on where key players aren’t.”
IRVING, Texas -- Anthony Spencer's first trip to the Pro Bowl could also be the last time he wears a Cowboys helmet.

Spencer was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Green Bay's Clay Matthews and will be joined in today's game by one teammate, tight end Jason Witten, who will be playing in his eighth Pro Bowl.

DeMarcus Ware was selected to the Pro Bowl for the seventh straight year, but he is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Spencer is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. However, the Cowboys and his agent, Jordan Woy, have had preliminary talks in recent weeks and both sides are hopeful a deal can be worked out. The Cowboys could place the franchise tag on Spencer for a second straight season, which would cost $10.6 million.

Reaching an accord on a long-term contract will be difficult because of the team's somewhat tight salary-cap situation and just how well Spencer played in 2012.

He led the Cowboys with 106 tackles and reached double digits in sacks for the first time in his career with 11 while only playing in 14 games. From Week 1-17, Spencer was the Cowboys' best defender and even took over the play calling later in the season due to injuries to Sean Lee and Bruce Carter.

Woy said he anticipates more talks with the Cowboys in February, leading into the NFL scouting combine.

Witten does not have any contractual worries. He is signed through 2017 and is coming off a season in which he set an NFL record for catches in a season for a tight end (110) and became the Cowboys' all-time leader in receptions.

Witten is returning to the Pro Bowl after missing out in 2011. He played in seven straight Pro Bowls from 2004-10. The only Cowboys with more Pro Bowl selections than Witten are Bob Lilly (11), Larry Allen (10), Mel Renfro (10) and Randy White (nine). Lilly, Renfro and White are Hall of Famers and Allen is a finalist this year.

Cowboys face decision on Anthony Spencer

January, 9, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – While the Cowboys attempt to sort out their defensive coaching situation, they will eventually have to turn to their highest-profile free agent, outside linebacker Anthony Spencer.

“Obviously his goal would be to go back,” Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, said. “He likes it here. He loves to play here, but a little bit of it will be up to the team. I’m sure we can get a deal worked out, but if we don’t he’ll get a deal out there.”

The decision to stay with the 3-4 scheme or move to a 4-3 could also impact the future discussions. Woy said he anticipated talking to the Cowboys in February. Free agency is set to begin March 12.

The Cowboys made Spencer their franchise player last year, paying him $8.8 million. They could franchise him again in 2013, but that would cost $10.6 million and they are in a difficult salary cap position. If the Cowboys are able to work out a long-term deal for Spencer, then his cap figure would figure to be less than half of the franchise tag.

Spencer had his best season in 2012 with a career-high 11 sacks and led the Cowboys with 106 tackles. He also had eight tackles for loss, 26 quarterback pressures, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

When the Cowboys lost Sean Lee and Bruce Carter to injuries, Spencer took over as the defensive signal caller for a stretch.

“You know the Cowboys,” Woy, said. “If they want somebody, they figure out ways to get it done.”

Could Anthony Spencer return this week?

April, 22, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – The second week of the Cowboys’ offseason conditioning program begins Monday and outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is still weighing whether he will attend.

Spencer and his new agent, Jordan Woy, met with the team late last week and “went over several proposals.” The Cowboys are scheduled to pay Spencer $8.8 million as the franchise player in 2012, and, according to a source, have not made any multi-year offers.

Woy said Spencer would not take part in the conditioning program until he signs the tender and a decision would be made early this week.

Until Spencer signs the franchise tender, the Cowboys have the right to rescind the tag. It is possible they could trade Spencer before or during the upcoming draft.

In 2008, safety Ken Hamlin did not take part in the offseason program in addition to skipping the organized team activities and minicamp as the Cowboys’ franchise player before signing a six-year extension. Hamlin was released after the 2009 season.

Anthony Spencer switches agents

April, 16, 2012
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Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer switched agents over the weekend.

He's left Roosevelt Barnes and he will sign with Jordan Woy, according to a source.

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Spencer at a cost of $8.8 million. Spencer hasn't signed it because he would like a long-term deal. But the Cowboys and Barnes were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract.

In 2011, Spencer was second on the team with six sacks and 31 quarterback pressures. He led the team with four forced fumbles and was tied with Sean Lee with eight tackles for loss.

Today starts the voluntary offseason program at Valley Ranch and it hasn't been determined if Spencer will arrive. Several other NFL players who have been franchised -- Matt Forte, Drew Brees and Ray Rice -- are not expected to show up for the start of their teams' voluntary offseason work.

UPDATE: Spencer did not attend Monday's workouts.

Flower Mound bragging rights for Adams, Driver

February, 5, 2011
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DALLAS -- Donald Driver and Flozell Adams share the same Dallas-based agent in Jordan Woy, and they share the same neighborhood. The Green Bay wide receiver and Pittsburgh right tackle live in Flower Mound, Texas.

“Definitely it’s going to be a certain bragging right thing,” said Adams, a former Cowboy. “Drive, he’s always going to talk stuff, but I’m going to talk more.”

Said Driver, “Me and Flo have been knowing each other for a long time. It’s no big deal. The good part is that we’re close friends, got the same agent and live in the same neighborhood. We’ll throw a party when it’s all said and done.”

But only one will have a Super Bowl XLV ring.

Adams' agent: 'We told them our side'

December, 7, 2009
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Jordan Woy, the agent for Cowboys left tackle Flozell Adams, said he's talked to NFL officials about what happened with his client and the Giants Justin Tuck at the end of the first half of Sunday's game.


Adams pushed Tuck in the back sending the defensive end to the ground. Adams, through his agent, told the league he thought the play was still alive.


"We talked to the Cowboys and the league office," Woy said Monday. "It's all under review and we told them our side of it."


Adams was penalized for a personal foul. Coach Wade Phillips said on Monday he talked to Adams at halftime about what happened but wouldn't reveal the results of that conversation.


"Any altercation of that nature is reviewed for discipline," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.


A league official told ESPN's Adam Schefter it's reviewing the personal foul penalty for potential disciplinary measures.


Adams and Tuck have a history.


In Week 2, Adams was penalized for tripping Tuck. Adams kicked Tuck in the knee and when he landed he injured his shoulder forcing him to miss the rest of the game. In that same game, Adams also was penalized for tripping Osi Umenyiora. The NFL fined Adams $12,500 for the two fouls.


After the game, Tuck said Adams was bush league for the kick and Adams said Tuck should have stayed on his feet.


The two met again Sunday at Giants Stadium, and the only real incident occurred at the end of the first half on a missed field goal attempt by Nick Folk. On the return, Adams pushed Tuck to the ground near the Giants sidelines. Adams was alone with several Giants players surrounding him as Cowboys' players and officials tried to break up the scrum.


"I laugh at stuff like that," Tuck said. "It just just proves what kind of dirtbag he is."


When asked what happened at the end of the first half, Tuck said, "They blew the ball dead and I was headed toward the sidelines and pretty much had stopped. And somebody shoved me to the ground from the back, and before I could get up he was engulfing our sideline. So I didn't get to sneak in any cheap shots in."


In the Cowboys locker room, Adams had this comment about Tuck: "I ain't talking about him. He's a nobody."


The league, according to Schefter, declined to speculate on the potential outcome of its review, but Adams at the very least will be fined and could wind up getting suspended.

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