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Anthony Spencer will sign franchise tender

Robert Turbin, Anthony Spencer

Seattle Seahawks’ Robert Turbin steps away from Dallas Cowboys’ Anthony Spencer in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)


Anthony Spencer is ready to get to work for the Cowboys.

Spencer, the outside linebacker/defensive end who was given the franchise tag for the second consecutive year, will sign his franchise tender. That means he’s guaranteed a 2013 base salary of $10.6 million, although agent Jordan Woy told that he’s still hoping to work out a long-term deal with the Cowboys before the July 15 deadline.

“We’ve got a little time, but I told them I’d like to start moving forward on this and hopefully maybe as soon as next week we can have some serious talks toward it,” Woy said about a long-term deal.

Spencer made $8.8 million last year on the franchise tag as a linebacker. This year the Cowboys are moving him to defensive end in new coordinator Monte Kiffin’s defense, but he was still tagged as a linebacker because that’s the position he played last year, which meant he was entitled to only (only?) a 20 percent raise from last year’s salary.

If Spencer doesn’t work out a long-term deal, he’ll end up having played two seasons on the franchise tag, having made $19.4 million, and he’ll hit unrestricted free agency a year from now.