Anthony Spencer is not what ails the Cowboys. The degree of Spencer's unrealized potential continually irritates the team's fans, but he's more than good enough to start on a championship-contending team. As is, the Cowboys are not serious championship contenders. They also offered Spencer the franchise tender of $8.8 Million to stay in Dallas throughout the 2012 season. Spencer, though, hasn't signed the tender.
Today we found out that he switched agents, from Roosevelt Barnes to Jordan Woy. And just to make sure he stayed relevant, Spencer capped off the day by skipping the team's voluntary workout. Clearly, the Outside Linebacker is eyeing more than the one-year commitment offered by the team. The cat-and-mouse game is unfortunate and petty, but it's the way NFL business is now done.
I think Spencer ultimately gets a three- or four-year offer from the Cowboys and I think he takes it. NFL careers start bright and fizzle fast, and even quality players like Spencer prefer the security of guaranteed, multi-year contracts over uncertainty and constant rolls of the dice.
The Cowboys have a multitude of glaring needs throughout the roster. Locking up Spencer would almost certainly give the team greater cap flexibility for this year (It's hard to imagine him getting more than the $8.8M franchise tender in the first year of a long-term contract). It would also solidify the Cowboys' OLB depth chart for the foreseeable future, leaving them free to improve in the secondary and defensive line.
Just be patient. And don't let the antics frustrate you too much. This is just what football players do now.