Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, tweeted Monday that the Cowboys will use their franchise tag on Spencer for the second consecutive year. Woy said the sides will "work on a long-term deal." The team announced the move later that day.
This marks the second consecutive season Dallas has used its tag on Spencer, coming off a season in which he finished with a career-high 11 sacks and 95 tackles in 14 games. In getting tagged in consecutive years, Spencer is guaranteed a one-year salary of $10.63 million if the sides don't reach a multiyear agreement.
Spencer will move from outside linebacker to defensive end as Dallas switches from the 3-4 to 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. With Spencer paired with a healthy DeMarcus Ware on the right side, the Cowboys are set up well in their base rushing scheme.
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