The debate that I can’t even believe has become a serious debate is whether or not the Cowboys should use the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer. Beginning tomorrow, teams can choose to apply the tag to one of their players. I’m already on record of where I stand with Spencer, which is that there’s simply no way you can pay a below average starter $8.8 million dollars.
With the disclaimer of where I stand out of the way, do with these numbers what you will. I want to be careful not to make the claim that Victor Butler is the better player (I think both players have their strengths and weaknesses), or that he’s even starting material, but here’s a quick comparison of Anthony Spencer and his backup over the last 3 seasons:
|Butler projected over 3004 snaps||3004||*374||46.8||11.7|
|Spencer in 3004 snaps||3004||*208||19||8|
*The tackle numbers for each player include any tackles made on special teams. Obviously, Butler would have more of those, and thus, the tackle projections could be skewed.