Spencer’s agent: ‘Good chance’ he re-signs

The Dallas Cowboys shouldn’t bother re-signing or placing the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer because he’s a 3-4 outside linebacker who might not fit as a 4-3 defensive end, right?

Well, former NFL executive Bill Polian disagrees with that line of thinking. While grading this class of free agents, Polian put Spencer in the group of “A players,” which means a player “worth paying big, starter-caliber money.”

On Tuesday, Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, told 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] that “there’s a good chance” his client re-signs with the Cowboys. Spencer missed two games in 2012 but still easily had the best season of his six-year career, totaling career-highs with 11 sacks and 95 tackles.

“He played OLB in Dallas’ 3-4 scheme, but I think he’s more of a 4-3 end,” Polian wrote last week. “He is an outstanding pass-rusher. As I mentioned earlier, I’m normally wary of players having good seasons in contract years, but putting him at OLB doesn’t allow him to do what he does best, which is rush upfield. And I see upside for him in a 4-3 scheme.”

Spencer played defensive end in a 4-3 base defense at Purdue.

The Cowboys don’t have much salary cap room this offseason but they could place the franchise tag on Spencer, which they did last season.

Felix Jones was the only other Cowboy to make Polian’s rankings. The 25-year-old running back was in the “B” group, players Polian “would sign but only if the value made sense.”

Polian, an NFL analyst on ESPN, served as general manager of the Buffalo Bills from 1986-1993, building a team that would eventually play in four consecutive Super Bowls. He then helped the expansion Carolina Panthers reach the NFC Championship Game while spending three seasons in Charlotte. From 1998-2011, the six-time NFL Executive of the Year was president of the Indianapolis Colts. During his tenure, Indy went to the playoffs 11 times and won the Super Bowl in 2007.

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