Dallas' Anthony Spencer will likely play the 2013 season on his franchise tag tender as contract negotiations between the defensive end and the Cowboys broke off recently, according to Spencer's agent. During a radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jordan Woy, Anthony's agent, said there was a downturn in negotiations and a long-term deal is unlikely.
"Both sides have worked really hard to reach a deal,'' Woy said, via CBSDFW.com. "But at this point I would say it's most likely that he'll play 2013 on the one-year deal.''
The reason for the stalemate is a difference of opinion in what Spencer's market value is. According to the CBSDFW.com report, the Cowboys believe Spencer's market value is in the range of $5 million per season, similar to what Cliff Avril got in Seattle and what Elvis Dumervil signed for in Baltimore. Spencer's camp is pushing for a deal closer to the one Paul Kruger signed in Cleveland which pays him $8 million per season.
If negotiations remain at a stalemate through the July 15 deadline for a franchise player to sign an extension, Spencer will play the 2013 season under his one-year tender then become an unrestricted free agent again next offseason. Spencer will make $10.6 million this season under the tender and is unlikely to be tagged again next year. Due to rules in the CBA, using the franchise tag on Spencer next season would cost Dallas more than $15 million.