Two of the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest free agents, defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and defensive end Anthony Spencer, have an interest in remaining with the team.
If DeMarcus Ware does not take a pay cut, the Cowboys could be in a lot of trouble along the defensive line, which makes it more likely they will try to work out deals with both Hatcher and Spencer.
According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, the two defensive line man have “at least seven teams” interested in them and Hatcher could command a large salary.
The Cowboys would like Ware, Spencer and Hatcher to play with the team in 2014, but finances could be problematic.
Dallas has roughly $2 million in cap space available, which is not enough to keep all three. But if the Cowboys get more cap room from Ware (due to a pay cut or a restructure) and Spencer signs to a lower salary, they both could be retained.
Hatcher is another story. He might want a salary in the $8 million to $10 million range.
Spencer was limited to just one game after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee.
Hatcher, on the other hand, was fantastic, finishing with 41 tackles and 11.0 sacks.