The Dallas Cowboys want to have a find a complement running back to starter DeMarco Murray, and all signs point to back up Phillip Tanner becoming that man. But while the Cowboys would like to see Tanner get more involved in the offense, they are not expected to tender the restricted free agent, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas.
By deciding not to tender the running back, Tanner will now become an unrestricted free agent.
The Cowboys likely made the move to allow them flexibility with Tanner’s contract and re-sign him for less than the tender would have been.
Dallas’ tender on Tanner would have cost $1.389 million, but they are already tight under the salary camp and now they can save some money.
Tanner spent most of 2013 making his impact felt on special teams, but he is expected to play a much bigger role moving forward in 2014.