Anthony Spencer talks could take time

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have exchanged proposals with the agent for defensive end Anthony Spencer, but executive vice president Stephen Jones would not say get into if a deal is possible before the July 15 deadline.

“There’s nothing here that’s not on the up and up and friendly,” Jones said. “If it works out, it works out. We’d love to have Spencer here, but we also understand it has got to work for him, too.”

Spencer is set to make $10.6 million as the Cowboys’ franchise player for the second straight year. He has said he would like to have a long-term deal with the Cowboys. The Cowboys and Spencer have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. If not, he will play the year out on the tag and become a free agent next year.

Coming to an agreement, however, could take some time after how the defensive end market shook out early in free agency. There were not the big-money deals made by free agents, like Cliff Avril, who signed a two-year, $15 million deal with Seattle.

“Obviously we have to take a look at what people signed for and what they’ll make going forward,” Jones said. “There’s some good football players that what they got paid might affect what we want to pay Anthony going forward.”

Another factor in the Spencer talks is the number of younger players the Cowboys would like to keep in the next few years, like Sean Lee, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith and Bruce Carter.

“Everybody affects everybody,” Jones said. “We’ve got to watch each year. We don’t just look at what the cap is in 2013. You’ve got to project what it does in 2014 and 2015.”

Lee is entering the final year of his deal.

“Historically we look at guys going into the last year of their contract and Sean is going into the last year of his contract,” Jones said. “And it will probably be something we’ll look at.”