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Marcus Spears, Steve Octavien Sign Tenders

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Defensive end Marcus Spears and linebacker Steve Octavien both signed their one-year free agent tenders today.  Spears received an original pick tender for the amount of $1.226 million, meaning he will earn less in 2010 than both of his backups, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher.

Spears recently switched agents in an effort to secure a long-term deal, but thus far he has been unsuccessful.  He will be in Dallas in 2010, but the future after that is murky.

The same can be said for Bowen and Hatcher, which is the primary reason we have been stating the likelihood of Dallas spending an early-round draft pick on a DT/DE.  The release of Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin, though, has probably altered the Cowboys’ draft plans.

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6 Responses to Marcus Spears, Steve Octavien Sign Tenders

  1. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Bowen just happened to be an RFA in a draft class that is stacked w/ DTs and DEs. I gotta admit, I’d be pretty POd if I made less money than my backup.

    Yet and still, he has underachieved given he was a 1st round pick….

  2. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Corrections – SPEARS not Bowen

  3. Yeah, it really is unfortunate for him. He isn’t a dominating player, but he really does a nice job inside, and his play always go overlooked due to a lack of sacks. People don’t tend to realize that 3-4 DE’s never really get sacks, and Spears does as good a job of anyone at stopping the run.

  4. john coleman says:

    Now that he has signed, isn’t he easier to deal.

  5. Not really…any team that would trade for him would sign him to a long-term deal anyway, and no one was ever going to give up a 1st rounder for him.

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