According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, there’s a chance that the Cowboys and linebacker Anthony Spencer could strike a long-term deal by next month.
Jerry Jones is as about as generous as it gets when it comes to taking care of his own players, generally, to a fault. Some thought it was ambitious to franchise Spencer initially, in 2012, but he responded with a true breakthrough season befitting his original draft status. So that left Jones with little recourse but to retain Spencer’s rights for 2013, at a 20 percent raise. So Spencer stands to make $10.7 million this season, on top of the $8.9 million guaranteed he pocketed last season. Generally if you give a guy a $20M guaranteed deal you expect to retain his rights beyond a year-to-year basis, which explains why these sides have been exchanging proposals for quite some time, according to sources. It would be silly to let him walk should Spencer maintain his 2012 form, and talks have been cordial and productive, according to sources. While it would be a stretch to say they’re close to a deal, there has been enough momentum to conclude this could get resolved by the deadline next month.
If both sides can’t work out a new contract prior to next month’s deadline, Spencer will be forced to play the 2013 season under the franchise tag.