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Report: Cowboys don't want to give franchise tag to Anthony Spencer

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

With the Cowboys over the 2013 salary cap by about $20 million, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora recently opined that the team would have a tough time franchise tagging linebacker Anthony Spencer. The Cowboys tagged Spencer in 2012 to the tune of $8.8 million, and that number would increase to $10.6 million for 2013.

Considering how much that would cost against Dallas' cap, the team, according to Fox Sports Southwest, doesn't want to tag Spencer again. Instead, the Cowboys want to work out a long-term deal before Spencer becomes an unrestricted free agent. Otherwise, they'll lose what Pro Football Focus calls the No. 1-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker in the league from last year.

"Anthony wants to stay here and the Cowboys smartly want to keep him,” Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, told the website. “Hopefully there will be some creativity available to get something done.”

It'll have to be creative because the Cowboys will have a tough time getting under the NFL's salary ceiling if Spencer continues to cause such a tremendous cap hit.

Though the two sides haven't talked much to date on a new contract, ESPN Dallas writes that Woy and the Cowboys are scheduled to meet in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine.

"We are not [in] a huge rush to get something done tomorrow," Woy told the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "We will know a lot more after the combine."

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