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DALLAS (CBS SPORTS) - With the Dallas Cowboys over the 2013 salary cap by about $20 million, CBS Sports recently opined that the team would have a tough time franchise tagging linebacker Anthony Spencer. The Cowboys tagged Spencer in 2012 to the tune of $8.8 million, and that number would increase to $10.6 million for 2013.

Considering how much that would cost against Dallas’ cap, the team, according to FOX Sports Southwest, doesn’t want to tag Spencer again. Instead, the Cowboys want to work out a long-term deal before Spencer becomes an unrestricted free agent. Otherwise, they’ll lose what Pro Football Focus calls the No. 1-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker in the league from last year.

“Anthony wants to stay here and the Cowboys smartly want to keep him,” Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, said. “Hopefully there will be some creativity available to get something done.”

It’ll have to be creative because the Cowboys will have a tough time getting under the NFL’s salary ceiling if Spencer continues to cause such a tremendous cap hit.

Though the two sides haven’t talked much to date on a new contract, ESPN writes that Woy and the Cowboys are scheduled to meet in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine.

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