- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on defensive end Anthony Spencer, but they have the option to work out a long-term deal or possibly trade him.
However, a source said the Cowboys haven't spoken to Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, about any trades.
In some ways it doesn't make sense to trade Spencer. The Cowboys believe Spencer is an important part of their defense, especially coming off a season where Spencer set a career high with 11 sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl berth.
What type of money Spencer would command is also an issue. At the scouting combine, Jerry Jones said the two sides were apart on what it would take for a long-term deal. Given the market, Spencer could get an average salary of $8 million per season.
The Cowboys might still consider trading Spencer, but they're not to the point where they've had discussions with his agent.