Anthony Spencer's agent in touch with Cowboys

Jordan Woy, the agent for defensive end/outside linebacker Anthony Spencer, said he has been in touch with the Dallas Cowboys about a new contract for his client but that there is "nothing new to report" on the talks.

Spencer becomes a free agent March 12.

Spencer could be one of the more sought after defensive players on the free agent market. He finished last season with a career-high 11 sacks and can play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or outside linebacker in a 3-4.

The issue for the Cowboys is coming up with the money to sign Spencer. They are more than $20 million over the salary cap and want to give quarterback Tony Romo a new contract, which could clear up some space.

Spencer was franchised last season for $8.8 million and could be again in 2013, but this time at a cost of $10.6 million.

"We are very challenged under the cap," owner/general manager Jerry Jones said last week at the NFL scouting combine, "and so we’re going to have to pick our spots to spend this money is the best way for me to answer it."

Spencer could seek an average salary of $8-10 million per season.