Cowboys’ Spencer signs $10.6 million tender

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 defense.

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.

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