Anthony Spencer talked with DC.com about his future, read here.
In an otherwise slow week, the Cowboys’ acknowledgement that they are at least considering the franchise tag for outside linebacker Anthony Spencer constitutes big news.
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise, however. Yet even the subject of the story was caught a bit off guard.
“Actually, yeah, I heard about it for the first time yesterday,” Spencer said Wednesday. “I had to call my agent up and just see what all that really meant. People were texting me, calling me and asking about it, and I’m like ‘Uhhh’ … I do the football part on the field and they handle the other stuff.”
On the open market, Spencer is likely the most valuable of the Cowboys’ 13 unrestricted free agents. If the team designates him for the franchise tag between Feb. 20 and March 5, they would keep him from testing the waters for another year while guaranteeing him just over $8.8 million for the coming season.
Spencer said his preference is to remain with the Cowboys, but there has been little to no communication between the team and his agent, Roosevelt Barnes, since shortly after the Super Bowl. Until further notice, the five-year veteran is keeping his mind open to whatever the future might hold.
“I’m just waiting around, pretty much just waiting for something to happen,” Spencer said. “Of course I want the long-term security … I would want to have something done. But if it doesn’t happen, what can I do about it? I’m excited for the opportunity that I’m in right now, just to be a free agent, to have the Cowboys want me back and have the opportunity to be other places at the same time.”
He’s not worth $8.8 mil for next season. He’s not worth that much in any season. Playing in a ‘walk year’ you usually see guys motivated to earn a big contract so they have the best season of their career. Spencer had three sacks in the first three games and then only had three more in the last thirteen games. Not exactly wowing anyone into a big contract offer.
Wade Phillips. Some of the defensive players who came in under his watch really come off as being goofy minded. Spencer will never be confused as a genius. And he never comes off as a guy who loves the game of football.