Cowboys put franchise tag on LB Anthony Spencer
With the decision before Monday's deadline for such a move, Spencer will be guaranteed a base salary of about $8.8 million next season.
Spencer has started 53 of 76 games in his five seasons with the Cowboys, starting all but one game the past three seasons. Spencer had 66 tackles with six sacks and four recovered fumbles last season.
Spencer has 21½ career sacks.
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