The Dallas Cowboys placed the franchise tag on linebacker Anthony Spencer for the second straight season on Monday, but his future with the team in anything but certain.
Spencer and his agent, Jordan Woy, are hopeful that they can work out a long-term deal with the Cowboys.
While Dallas would like to bring Spencer back as a defensive end in their new 4-3 defense, they are open to the possibility of gauging the trade market for Spencer’s services.
Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Dallas “would be happy if Anthony Spencer was with them in 2013, but they are open to trading him in thin pass-rush market.”
Rapoport makes a very good point with the lack of elite pass rushers on the open market, but there is another interesting point to consider.
The 2013 NFL Draft class is loaded with talented pass-rushers so a team may not be willing to invest in a 29-year-old defensive end when they could get someone seven or eight years younger.