Cowboys tag Spencer for second straight year

The Dallas Cowboys have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Anthony Spencer for the second straight year.

Spencer started all 14 games he appeared in last season and posted career- highs in tackles (106) and sacks (11) to earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement.

Since being selected 26th overall by Dallas in the 2007 draft, Spencer has compiled 361 tackles, 32 1/2 sacks and 12 forced fumbles in 90 games (67 starts) over six seasons with the Cowboys.