Cowboys assigned the franchise tag to DE/OLB Anthony Spencer.
The writing hit the wall with Monday's release of Gerald Sensabaugh. The Cowboys clearly consider Spencer a core defender and someone they couldn't afford to lose. As a back-to-back franchise tagee, Spencer is now guaranteed $10.627 million in 2013. The priority remains a long-term contract that pleases both sides. Spencer is coming off the best year of his career, playing outside linebacker in Rob Ryan's 3-4. He'll be a left defensive end in Monte Kiffin's 4-3.