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Cowboys Mailbag: February 15, 2012

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TAYLOR NICHOLSON GOODYEAR, AZ: Why does it seem like so many Cowboys fans have something personal against Anthony Spencer? He's not DeMarcus Ware, but I think he's a pretty good player.

Nick: I think it's all about his first-round pick status. I actually agree with your entire question. People expect more because he's a first-round pick, and they're not wrong for that. Anthony Spencer has not lived up to expectations. And it's not just the Cowboys' expectations. I can recall Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. predicting Spencer would be the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007 on draft day. Obviously that hasn't panned out. Spencer is a good player and if he's gone, I think we might see how much they miss him if they can't stop the run.

Josh: You're right, I think a lot of the fans we hear from are letting emotion cloud their judgment in his case. Some have had it out for Spencer for a long time, which I think goes back to the team promoting him over Greg Ellis while Ellis still had something in the tank. And then for most of 2009 he would find him close to making a lot of big plays, but couldn't finish. We're used to seeing DeMarcus Ware finish, why isn't Spencer? By the end of '09 he's playing as well as just about any defensive player in the league, but then it kind of levels off again over the next two years – not that he's playing poorly by any means, but he's not dominating. His admission that he didn't quite go all-out at times in 2010 probably didn't win him any fans. The same would be true of a lot of players, though they wouldn't necessarily fess up to it.

ADAM MCNEW WICHITA, KS: Do you think it's possible Felix Jones could be traded on draft day? If so, what kind of value do you think the Cowboys could get in return?

Nick: Anything is possible but Jerry Jones has always said you get the lowest value for your own players on draft day. Teams just covet picks for some reason. So on draft day, I wouldn't think you'd get anything better than a fourth-round pick for him. Maybe that's a little generous. I've gone back and forth on this one. But the more I think about it, the more I think the Cowboys should stand pat. Play Felix on a contract year and give DeMarco Murray, who is also injury-prone, a good backup in the mix.

Josh: I can't think of the Cowboys' last draft-day trade involving one of their own players. That's not something they do often. I do think Felix Jones is probably their most tradeable commodity, a guy who is entering the last year of his career and isn't going to start for them. But I don't know what you could expect to get for him, no matter when the deal was done. A fourth-round pick?

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