Anthony Spencer, Cowboys will discuss long-term deal this week


The Cowboys already have Anthony Spencer locked down for the 2013 season, but Dallas may want to secure his services for a few more years.

The Dallas Cowboys and linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer will meet this week to discuss a possible long-term deal, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas.

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Spencer last week, giving him a one-year, $10.6 million contract. Dallas is $177,005 under the salary cap for 2013, according to Archer, and if it can agree to a long-term deal with Spencer, that would help free up more cap space.

Dallas selected Spencer with the 26th-overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, and he's been a significant contributor on defense ever since. He had a breakout year in 2012, totaling 95 tackles, 11 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Spencer's tackle and sack numbers easily set career-best marks. His previous career high in tackles was 67 in 2009, and he had twice recorded six sacks in a season. Spencer's performance in 2012 earned him his first Pro Bowl appearance.

With the Cowboys transitioning from Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense to Monte Kiffin's 4-3 scheme, Spencer will move from outside linebacker to defensive end in 2013.

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