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Dallas Cowboys New & Notes: Anthony Spencer Status, Who Could Replace Kyle Orton?

An update of the Cowboys including Anthony Spencer's status and speculation on who could replace Kyle Orton if he decides to retire.

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The situation with Anthony Spencer is a tough one to define. Here's a guy who had a great 2012 season, and who was franchised for 2013; that's how important he was to the Cowboys' plans. A Pro-Bowler in 2012 with double-digit sacks, he was going to be a hot property as a free agent this offseason as long as he had another decent year. Of course, season-ending injury in 2013 that resulted in the dreaded micro-fracture surgery has created a cloudy future.

Now, the Cowboys or another team are going to have evaluate Spencer's progress back from injury before offering him any kind of deal. Because of this process, the Cowboys might have a small advantage over the rest of the league if they want him back.

Nick: I don't think Spencer's situation is affected by anything other than his own knee injury. If he's able to come back this year, the Cowboys will probably be the team that pays him the most. Jerry Jones truly loves this guy and thinks the world of him. He's rehabbing the knee here in Dallas now with the team trainers and I would imagine they will work out a deal assuming he is ready to go by training camp or soon afterwards.

We've tended to discount the return of Spencer in Dallas, but it's possible he could return, and if he can rehab the knee back to health, we may be in for a pleasant surprise in 2014.

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If Kyle Orton decides to retire, what do the Cowboys do at backup QB? They could draft a QB-of-the-future, but he might not be ready to play in 2014 if needed. The Cowboys usually decide to pickup a veteran. Candidates this season would include:

So who could be available when free agency begins? Options include Matt Cassel, Shaun Hill, Brady Quinn, Charlie Whitehurst, Derek Anderson and David Garrard. Do they do anything for you?

One thing to consider: Cassel and Anderson are represented by David Dunn, who also is the agent for Garrett and passing game coordinator Scott Linehan. One more thing to consider: Hill played for Linehan with the Detroit Lions.

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We recently noted the Cowboys dropped four players off the roster. What did that get them? About $1 million in cap space.

The team saved more than $2 million in salary for 2014 but less than $1 million in salary cap space. More moves need to be made for them get under the projected 2014 salary cap of $133 million. The Cowboys are roughly between $15-$20 million over the cap.

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Want season tickets to the Cowboys games in 2014 for only $199? You're in luck.

You can get Dallas Cowboys season tickets for $199 each. Well, if you don’t mind standing. The Cowboys announced Monday that 2014 Party Pass tickets can be purchased for that price. Now, if you’re not familiar with AT&T Stadium, the Party Pass is for the standing room only sections, so you will not have a seat.

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Miles Austin has had an awesome week.

On Feb. 22, Austin became the first Monmouth University football player to have his jersey retired. Austin holds the school records for receiving yards in a game with 235 and touchdowns in a game with four. While at Monmouth, Austin met Stacy Sydlo. On Saturday, they got married.

OCC noted that Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray and Tony Romo were groomsmen.

Also in attendance was former Cowboy Kevin Ogletree who posted a pic with Austin.

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