The Dallas Cowboys have had preliminary contract talks with impending free agent linebacker Anthony Spencer, ESPN Dallas reported Sunday.
Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, said Spencer is ready to convert to defensive end to fit Dallas' new 4-3 defensive alignment, favored by new coordinator Monte Kiffin.
If the two sides cannot reach a deal, the Cowboys may place a $10.6 million franchise tag on Spencer.
Woy expects negotiations to restart in February.
Spencer, 29, recorded career-bests in tackles (95) and sacks (11) in 2012.