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Monday signifies the deadline to franchise players.  While the Cowboys are unlikely to franchise any player their last franchised player still seeks a new contract.

Anthony Spencer was terrific this season.  When injuries plagued starters Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Jay Ratliff and even DeMarcus Ware, it was Spencer who assumed the role of leader and playmaker on the defensive side of the ball.

Spencer, in his new role, put up a stat line that looked like this: 95 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles.

The question isn’t if he’s a good player, because he proved this season that he is.  The question that needs to be posed is, “is he worth investing big money in long-term?”

Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having Spencer on this team.  He’s tremendous against the run and is above average when rushing the passer.  However, he’s also been inconsistent in his career.  This year aside, statistic trends would tell you that Anthony Spencer is a 60 tackles and 5.5 sacks a year type player.

Am I really supposed to believe that he suddenly turned the corner?

The Cowboys are a cap-strapped team who don’t have any signs of relief over the next few years.  Without deals to their upcoming free agents in 2014 and 2015 they are already committed to $110M in 2014 and $104M in 2015.  The cap in those years is projected to be about $125M and you will have to re-sign Tony Romo, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant.

Is Spencer worth giving a substantial contract to and gambling on getting to sign your young core players?

The answer is no.  Spencer is 29 years old; he’s had one season where he was very good.  Additionally, you don’t know how he will perform as a strong defensive end in the Tampa 2 defense.   There are a lot of variables when considering paying Spencer but the most important is that the Cowboys are already in trouble for paying older guys big contracts just to watch them decline.

I know many of you won’t agree but it’s my honest opinion that resigning Spencer would be fiscally irresponsible.  The Cowboys need to plan for the future, they need to preserve the young talent they have and build a team around them.  Things are getting brighter from a financial point of view in the NFL and the Cowboys need to have the foresight to prepare their team accordingly.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn

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According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.

Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.

The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.

Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.

Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.



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