The Dallas Cowboys will have an outside linebacker represent the team at the Pro Bowl after all, and no, it’s not DeMarcus Ware.
On Friday, Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer was named to the Pro Bowl. This roster move means that Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews will not be a participant due to injury.
It is without a doubt a trip which Spencer earned in 2012, after recording a career high 95 tackles and 11 sacks. During the season, Spencer stepped up in a big way to help guide the Cowboys defense which had been devastated by injuries, so it’s nice to see a hard working player get rewarded.
However, this Pro Bowl trip might be the last thing the Cowboys wanted Spencer to go on, as they are in the process of negotiating on a long-term contract. Spencer’s selection will up his price heading into free agency, and could put Spencer out of the reach of the cash-strapped Cowboys.
The team has expressed interest in re-signing Spencer, and Spencer has shown interest in staying; however, the Cowboys will be about $20 million over the projected cap number for the 2013-14 season. Throw in the fact that Spencer is now a Pro Bowl player, and it almost guarantees the Cowboys won’t get a long-term deal worked out because Spencer will simply be too expensive.
The Cowboys could create some wiggle room under the cap by restructuring some contracts and, or getting rid of some of the team’s underachieving talent, which include Doug Free, Lawrence Vickers and Marcus Spears.