Cowboys drop the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer.
DALLAS, March 5 – The Dallas Cowboys always make each off-season feel like a rebuilding year and I am sure their faithful expected a whole lot more out of this generation of players.
Now comes word that as the team struggles to create cap space, the team has handed the franchise tag to LB Anthony Spencer. His 2012 salary will amount for $8.8 million bucks.
Pause and let that dollar amount soak in for a second. You done? Ok now, think about the idea of paying a solid LB top tier money as your team struggles to find a way to make championship moves both in free agency and the upcoming draft.
I just don’t understand it but there’s not a whole lot of football moves that owner Jerry Jones is prone to make that I do understand.
The Cowboys are sitting on perhaps the best pass rushing linebacker in the league with DeMarcus Ware. They also have rising star Sean Lee who is excellent in pass coverage and plays the run well.
When they have such major issues in other zones of their roster such as their secondary why would you franchise a solid guy at a position where you already have depth?
Let’s be clear, Spencer makes that defense better. His instincts for the playing the run are well honed but are they worth $8.8 million for one season?
That’s not my question to answer but I will state that before we get to rooted in our opinion one way or the other, I would suspect that the Cowboys are trying to get a better deal done before March 13.
They may have franchised Spencer, but the business of football sometimes means that the tag is just a placeholder.
If not, man I just don’t get it. And if this tag sticks and they Cowboys somehow misfire and don’t get certain personnel matters handled, best believe this will be viewed as step one to a fatal miscue.
It has nothing to do with Spencer as a player, his talent or his desire for this game. The question has everything to do with how the mathematics of this thing don’t look to make much sense.
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