Niners deal impacts Anthony Spencer, Boys

IRVING, Texas -- Much has been made about the Cowboys thinking about the possibility of using the franchise tag on outside linebacker Anthony Spencer.

At $8.8 million, some (many?) believe that is too high of a price for a player who has never had more than six sacks in a season.

Now we point to Exhibit A why it might be the best wisest move the Cowboys can make: San Francisco’s Ahmad Brooks signed a six-year deal with San Francisco worth $7 million a year.

Brooks has started 16 games in a season just once in his career. Spencer has done it in two of the last three seasons. He started 15 of 16 games in 2011.

Using the same press box stats for fairness to compare the players, Spencer has 266 tackles, 21.5 sacks, one interception, 10 pass deflections and 10 forced fumbles in 53 starts. Brooks has 139 tackles, 20 sacks, one interception, nine pass deflections and seven forced fumbles in 24 starts.

There is no doubt Spencer is the best outside linebacker in free agency, especially if you consider Mario Williams a defensive end.

Earlier in the morning I did more than wonder whether Spencer would get the franchise tag. Now I’d almost guarantee Spencer will get the franchise tag.