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Anthony Spencer, Henry Melton accept franchise tags

Agent Jordan Woy, who represents Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton as well as Dallas Cowboys pass rusher Anthony Spencer, confirmed Friday that both players have "accepted" their franchise tags and will sign in the near future.

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Melton will be guaranteed $8.45 million under the tag, but Woy expects to concentrate on a long-term deal that will reduce the salary-cap number for 2013 while providing stability for the player.

The tag is worth even more to Spencer, who is due $10.6 million. Although the Cowboys are open to trading their franchise player, Spencer's preference is to remain in Dallas.

"We've got a little time, but I told them I'd like to start moving forward on (a long-term contract)," Woy told, "and hopefully maybe as soon as next week we can have some serious talks toward it."

Woy has until July 15 to work out a new contract for both franchise players.

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