Giving Anthony Spencer a long-term deal would be a mistake

Cowboys Tag Anthony Spencer (0:49)

Ed Werder discusses Dallas' decision to use the franchise tag on LB Anthony Spencer for the second straight year. (0:49)

IRVING, Texas -- Jerry Jones made perfect use of the franchise tag when the Dallas Cowboys placed it on Anthony Spencer.

Now comes the difficult part: Jerry needs to tell Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, that his client isn't getting a long-term deal from the Cowboys.

Spencer, the first player the Cowboys have ever used the franchise tag on twice, will earn $10.6 million from the Cowboys this season, giving him a two-year total of $19.4 million.

Not bad.

Spencer was the Cowboys' best defensive player last season, and the franchise tag will give the Cowboys one more year of his services while he's in his athletic prime. Then the Cowboys can turn the position over to Tyrone Crawford, a rookie who earned a spot in the defensive line rotation last season, or someone who's not even on the roster right now.


See, there's zero reason to give Spencer a long-term deal. As long as Jerry understands that and sticks to it, it's a win for Spencer and the Cowboys.

Give Spencer a long-term deal and it becomes a win for Spencer and a lose for the Cowboys.

Read more about Spencer's impact here.