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Cowboys Spencer signs $10.6 million franchise tag tender

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Associated Press
3/12/2013 4:36:00 PM
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IRVING, Texas -- Dallas linebacker Anthony Spencer has signed a $10.6 million one-year tender, securing his return to the Cowboys while he seeks a long-term deal.

The Cowboys put the franchise tag on Spencer for the second straight year, guaranteeing him a raise from the $8.8 million he made as the team's leading tackler in 2012. Spencer is moving to defensive end with Dallas' switch to the 4-3 defence.

The 29-year-old Spencer was the biggest question for Dallas in free agency, which opened Tuesday. The six-year pro, who had a career-best 11 sacks last season, was set to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Cowboys are less than $200,000 under the salary cap and unlikely to make any big moves in free agency unless they restructure more contracts.

Anthony Spencer (Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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