- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas – Playing under the franchise tag for the second straight year, Anthony Spencer is taking the same approach he took last season.
“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.”