Anthony Spencer signed his franchise tender on Monday, which means the Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker is going to rake in $8.8 million in 2012, that is, unless a long term deal is worked out this season, which appears unlikely.
Cowboys announce LB Anthony Spencer signs his franchise tender— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 23, 2012
Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com said that Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, met with Cowboys officials late last week about a possible new deal, but nothing was finalized.
Spencer, by no means, is considered to be a marquee linebacker worth paying either $8.8 million in the short term, or even committing to for less in the long run. As Watkins pointed out, the Cowboys franchised Spencer because they lacked other options at outside linebacker.