Anthony Spencer hopes to get a new deal

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is hopeful he'll get a long-term contract this summer. The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Spencer, costing them $10.6 million for the 2013 season.

If the two sides can't work a deal by July 15, Spencer will play under the tag and become an unrestricted free agent next spring.

"I told (my agent, Jordan Woy) to contact me when they get it done," Spencer said Wednesday. "He talked to me about the numbers, but we're just not on the same page right now. If we get close, we can get it done. If not, we won't. I'm not too worried about it."

This is the second consecutive year the Cowboys franchised Spencer because the sides couldn't reach a deal.

"I have no other choice," Spencer said. "I'm going to play it out and see what happens next year."

Spencer is coming off a career year in which he had 11 sacks and led the team in total tackles (106), based on the coaches' statistics, and finished second in quarterback pressures (26).

It appears the number of years Spencer is looking for isn't the issue, but the total guaranteed money is.