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What About Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer?

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Anthony Spencer Could Receive Franchise Tag From Dallas Cowboys - SBNation.com. Maybe it was because he was a first round pick for the Dallas Cowboys, but he always seemed overhyped for no particular reason. I've been watching him the past couple seasons to see if he'd take a leap forward, but it doesn't seemed like it happened. And now he might get the franchise tag?

Let me compare him to another free agent outside linebacker. Both players are about the same height (6-2 to 6-3) and weight (250 to 257), but Spencer is a year and a half older.


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2011 - Anthony Spencer 16 6 18 0 0 0 51 15 66


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2011 - Erik Walden 16 3 17 0 0 0 40 19 59

Certainly there's a drop off in sack production, but neither of them look like the next DeMarcus Ware or Clay Matthews. And those marks are each player's highest single season sack total. Yet, Spencer might receive a franchise tag and get paid almost $9 million next season, while I'm not sure what the market will be for Walden.