The deadline for NFL teams to secure long-term deals for franchised players is July 16th, otherwise those players will become free-agents and have an ability to test the open market in 2013. The Dallas Cowboys face this dilemma with linebacker Anthony Spencer.
Spencer was tagged this past March by the Cowboys and will make $8.8 million dollars for the 2012 season.
Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports NFL Insider, broke down every player in the NFL facing this dilemma and also gave odds on if their current team will lock them up under long-term contracts. He gave Spencer's odds at playing for the Cowboys beyond this season as "weak."
There is no rush to get something done for the linebacker, and many linebackers this past offseason ended up not getting close to the kind of deals they wanted in free agency. This one seems to have wait-and-see written all over it.