The Dallas Cowboys had one potential candidate for the franchise tag and it looks like they'll use it. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the Cowboys have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Anthony Spencer. The franchise tag number for linebackers is in the neighborhood of $9 million, which means Spencer, if he signs his franchise tender, will have a one-year fully guaranteed contract for that amount.
The two sides will continue to work on a long-term deal.
Spencer probably isn't the player the Cowboys thought they would get when they picked him with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft but he's not someone they want to lose. He took over the starting role when Greg Ellis was released and plays opposite of all-world linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
The deadline to assign the franchise tag comes at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, March 5.