March 11, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- In the year of 2012, the National Football League set a record of having 21 players franchise tagged, however, in 2013 the NFL announced on Monday that only 8 players were to receive the franchise tag from their teams.
, of Willis & Woy Sports Group, represents 2 of the 8 franchise tagged players including clients: Dallas Cowboys Linebacker,
, along with Chicago Bears Defensive Tackle,
The Bears placed their franchise tag on Melton at
for one year. Melton would like a multi-year deal and a long-term contract would be more cap-friendly for the Bears. The move buys some time as the Bears and Melton's agent,
, now have until
to reach a long-term deal.
"Henry has been a good player for us and we are using the franchise tag so his development continues as a Bear," General Manager
said on the team's website. "We will continue our conversations with Henry and work toward a multiyear agreement."
For the 2
consecutive season, the Cowboys placed a franchise tag on
, who produced a career year with 11 sacks.
Spencer is guaranteed a one-year deal worth
, a 120% pay raise after being franchise tagged last year as a linebacker for
Spencer will transition from outside linebacker to defensive end under the new Defensive Coordinator,
's, 4-3 defense. Spencer has the advantage in playing the 4-3 defensive during college at
. Keeping Spencer from hitting the open market is a smart move, as he is paired with
on the right side - the Cowboys are set up well in their base-rushing scheme.
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