There are some people who are totally against the Cowboys bringing back Anthony Spencer and would like to see if Victor Butler can be the starting OLB for the Cowboys.
Stephen Jones is not one of these people, read here.
Jones said a decision on whether to apply the franchise tag on Spencer, which would cost roughly $8.8 million, has not been made. The Cowboys have until March 5 to tender Spencer. Free agency begins March 13.
“It’s obviously usually a pretty decent [salary] number and it’s not a cap-friendly deal, so that’s probably the hardest thing,” Jones said of the team’s philosophy on the tag. “But at the same time it allows you some protection.”
Spencer, a first-round pick in 2007, has never had more than six sacks in a season.
Jones said the Cowboys do not have an in-house candidate to replace Spencer “right now that we’d feel comfortable plugging in.”
Spencer has 21.5 sacks for his career and has started 47 of the last 48 games since taking over for Ellis in 2009.
“I think he’s performed solidly,” Jones said. “I think he’s a solid player. You keep thinking the production is going to come in terms of what you’re expectations are. You think going into the season that this is the year he’ll get 10-12 sacks. But at the same time you don’t measure a player by sacks only. He’s solid against the run. He gets pressure. He does all of that.”
Spencer was involved in on 403 pass rushing plays last season and had 6 sacks and 9 QB hits. Butler was in on 126 pass rushing plays last season and had 3 sacks and 4 QB hits. How is it out of the realm of possibility that Butler could be just as effective as Spencer? It’s not at all.
And why would you tell the worlk, Cowboys fans and Spencer’s agent that you have no confidence in Butler right now when you may be looking to sign him to another contract?
Way to give away any bargaining leverage Stephen. He’s as smart as his father. SMH.